37-year-old Mike Napoli has announced his pension on Twitter . Naples, who had treated significant damage to his right knee…
37-year-old Mike Napoli has announced his pension on Twitter . Naples, who had treated significant damage to his right knee in the last calendar year, had originally planned to give it another step after completing the rehab process, but decided to “call after finishing the rehab process”.
Naples, an 2011 All-Star and 2013 World Series Champion, will long be remembered for its floating moonlight, magnetic personality and sought after clubhouse presence and a denying eye on the plate. Napoli’s career included 12 major league seasons, during which time he featured prominently on seven playoff teams, three winners and world champion Boston Red Sox 201
The catcher / first baseman stacked up 5,330 four-layer four-game four times during that time, including three points with Texas Rangers, for which his 2011 season (.320 / .414 / .631, 179 wRC +) was among the best in the club history. Overall, Naples performed in nearly 1400 major league games, slashed .246 / .346 / .475 with 267 career HR and an offensive production that graded about 20% above the league average below that frame. His 25.1 career fWAR is an outstanding brand for a player who never ranked among his 10 best prospects ever during his lesser career.
Selected in the 17th edition of the 2000 draft of a Florida high school, Naples Career began with a slow burn in Anaheim / Los Angeles Angel Farm System. When he finally reached the majors of 2006, after almost seven full seasons in minors, the then prisoner was wasted without time to make his mark. His 2.5fWAR in just 99 games puts him in the pantheon of the most impressive seasons in the history of a novice, and his 92 HR behind the bowl is easy to climb in club history.
Sustainable friction with the skipper Mike Scioscia, but who never seemed pleased with Naples’s work behind the plate, led the club to move Naples in a bizarre 2011 byte with Blue Jays, where the productive backstop was handled with outfielder Juan Rivera in return for aging Vernon Wells whose four years and $ 90MM in remaining salary placed him high on the list of least attractive assets in the game. Naples was quickly sent to Texas, where in 2011 he established himself as one of the game’s top hitters; However, a significant decline followed, and then the first baseman found a new home for the next three seasons in Beantown.
After the championship run of 13, and a solid follow-up next season, an aging Naples spread a bit in 15, and remained on looking for a new home before the start of the 2016 season. He found it in Cleveland, where one last Hurray – a career high 34 HR for the pennant-winning Tribe – left him in just outs of a second ring.