Mike Napoli spent 12 seasons in the majors. And on Saturday afternoon, he took to Twitter to call it a career.
THANK YOU… pic.twitter.com/CzhaoU9YUH
— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018
A 17th-round selection back in 2000, Napoli broke into the majors with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006. He went on to spend his first five seasons there, slashing .251/.346/.485 along the way. During that spell, Napoli hit 10 or more home runs in each of those five seasons — totaling 20 or more in each of his last three.
Then before the 2011 season began, the Angels sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays. But just days later he was with the Texas Rangers, where he spent the next two seasons of his career. It is there where Napoli would become and All-Star for the first and only time (2012). But again, his first stint with the Rangers didn’t last long. During the 2012 offseason, the Boston Red Sox brought him in on a one-year, $5-million deal. That season, he and the Sox won the World Series. And in his first two seasons with the Red Sox, Napoli hit .254/.365/453 with 58 doubles and 40 home runs.
Napoli didn’t play anywhere in the majors this past season, and he went out on a low note in 2017 with a .193/.285/.428 triple-slash across 124 games with the Rangers. He went out on an even lower note after tearing his ACL in 2018 while on a minor-league deal with Cleveland. But that’s not what we’re going to remember him for.
He’s a World Series champion. He gave us 12 years of memories at the professional level. And we wish Napoli nothing but the best in his life after baseball.