Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   1B
Home: N/A Team:   COLUMBUS - DL
Height: 6' 0" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 10/31/1981 Agent: Brian Grieper
Birth City: Hollywood, FL Draft: Angels #17 - 2000 - Out of high school (FL)
Uniform #: N/A  
2003 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONG   47 165 28 44 10 1 4 26 5   23 32     .267
2004 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONG   132 482 94 136 29 4 29 118 9   88 166     .282
2005 TL ARKANSAS   131 439 96 104 22 2 31 99 12   88 140     .237
2006 PCL SALT LAKE   21 78 12 19 6 0 3 10 1 1 8 29   .436 .244
2006 AL ANGELS   99 268 47 61 13 0 16 42 2 3 51 90 .360 .455 .228
2007 AL ANGELS $395.00 75 219 40 54 11 1 10 34 5 2 33 63 .351 .443 .247
2008 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   5 14 3 8 3 0 1 4 0 0 2 2   1.000 .571
2008 AL ANGELS $425.00 78 227 39 62 9 1 20 49 7 3 35 70 .374 .586 .273
2009 AL ANGELS $2,000.00 114 382 60 104 22 1 20 56 3 3 40 103 .350 .492 .272
2010 AL ANGELS $3,600.00 140 453 60 108 24 1 26 68 4 2 42 137 .316 .468 .238
2011 PCL ROUND ROCK   4 15 3 4 1 0 3 9 0 0 2 4 .333 .933 .267
2011 AL RANGERS $5,800.00 113 369 72 118 25 0 30 75 4 2 58 85 .414 .631 .320
2012 AL RANGERS $9,400.00 108 352 53 80 9 2 24 56 1 0 56 125 .343 .469 .227
2013 AL RED SOX $5,000.00 139 498 79 129 38 2 23 92 1 1 73 187 .360 .482 .259
2014 AL RED SOX $16,000.00 119 415 49 103 20 0 17 55 3 2 78 133 .370 .419 .248
2015 AL RED SOX $16,000.00 98 329 37 68 18 1 13 40 3 1 45 99 .307 .386 .207
2015 AL RANGERS   35 78 9 23 2 0 5 10 0 2 12 19 .396 .513 .295
2016 AL INDIANS $7,000.00 150 557 92 133 22 1 34 101 5 1 78 194 .335 .465 .239
2017 AL RANGERS $6,000.00 124 425 60 82 11 1 29 66 1 2 49 163 .285 .428 .193
2017 TL FRISCO   1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
2018 IL COLUMBUS   8 24 3 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 11 .258 .167 .042
  • April 17, 2018: Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus, creating questions about where the first baseman's career will go from here. The Indians announced that Napoli will require season-ending surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona exchanged text messages with Napoli prior to the Indians' game against the Twins in San Juan,.

    "I told him, 'Things happen for a reason,'" Francona said. "Who knows? Maybe this now starts him on a second journey in his career. I'm not speaking for him -- that's not fair. But that's what I hope." The Indians announced that Napoli sustained a torn right ACL and meniscus and will require 10-14 months of recovery in order to allow the swelling to recede. Napoli was running after a foul popup down the right-field line against Pawtucket at Huntington Park when his right knee buckled.

    Over 12 Major League seasons, Napoli has played in three World Series -- including in 2016 with the Indians -- and won one championship (2013 Red Sox). The catcher turned first baseman belted 267 home runs across his tours with the Angels, Rangers, Indians and Red Sox. 

    The Indians brought the 36-year-old Napoli to Spring Training this year as a non-roster invitee, giving him a chance to audition for a Major League job elsewhere. When an opportunity did not arise, Napoli accepted Cleveland's offer to open the season with Triple-A Columbus. In eight games, Napoli went 3-for-24 with one home run for the Clippers.

    "He was an impact player," Francona said. "My guess is he'll impact the game doing something else now." (J Bastian - - April 20, 2018)

  • Mike was born on Halloween in 1981.

  • In 2004, Mike led the California League in home runs and RBI. And he had a .394 on-base percentage and .539 slugging percentage.

  • In 2005, Napoli led the Texas League with 31 home runs and 99 RBI.

  • In eight winter ball games in the Dominican Republic before 2006 spring training, Napoli hit two home runs and went 9 for 25 in eight games for Aguilas.

  • During the off-season before 2005 spring training, Baseball America rated him 29th-best prospect in the Angels' organization. But before 2006 spring camp opened, the magazine had him at #11 in their farm system.

  • During the off-season before 2007 spring training, Napoli lost 15 pounds after a diet of pre-packaged meals—a loss he believes could lead to more consistent production. He dropped from 227 to 212.

    "It stinks eating those meals—you get a piece of chicken, three potatoes, and some fruit," Napoli said. "But I've gained weight over the years, and I wanted to get back to where I felt good, where I felt athletic. I want to be the best I can be. I've got to take better care of my body," Napoli said, "and eating habits have a lot to do with that."

  • Is Mike Napoli is dating a porn star?

    For those who don't follow her NSFW Twitter feed, adult film actress Rachel Starr posted a series of tweets revealing a friendship with the Napoli. Once she announced her intent to "hang out" with Napoli, the Internet took it from there.


  • If you want an illustrated example of how much Napoli's mother means to him, just take a look at his left arm. There you will find an image of his mom's hand-written signature and then a big rose above it. The tattoo is a clear tribute to Donna Rose Torres, the person he feels is easily the most influential in his life.

    "It's a strong relationship, ever since I was a little boy," said Napoli. "My mom worked two jobs to make sure I had everything, me and my brother. She always made sure I was at practice on time. She made sure I had the right equipment."

  • Even though Napoli is 32 years old—and the owner of a 2013 World Series ring—he still appreciates the presence of his mom every bit as much as when she was getting him to those Little League practices.

    "We're still really close," said Napoli. "She's just a wonderful lady. She's good to everybody, no matter who you are. She's amazing. I looked up to her when I was younger and saw how hard she worked to make sure everything was good for us. It's just a strong bond between me and her that will never go away."

    Donna loved the tattoo tribute, but can't help but teasing her heavily inked son.  "Now I tease him because there's so much other stuff around there, and I say, 'Now it's camouflage,'" Torres said. "I was like, 'Come on.'" 

    "People say, 'You were raised right,'" Napoli said. "I go straight to, 'That's because of my mom.' My mom was one who showed me the way, showed me how to be the person I am today." (Browne - - 5/9/14)

  • The fact that Napoli is still a bachelor has allowed his mother to continue to nurture him the same way she did many years ago. When the first baseman recently bought his own place in Boston, his mother completely arranged it for him.

    "She loves coming here to Boston," Napoli said. "She set up my whole place. I let her design my whole place here. She loves that kind of stuff. She does anything for her children. It's not just me, but my brother and sister. Any time we need something, she'll bend backward and do anything. Even if she has something crazy going on, she'll drop everything and do anything for us."

    "Every time we go, it's so funny, because he'll say, 'Don't you want to stay an extra couple of days?' It's always a couple of extra days," Torres said. "I love it. We stay at his place. I get up and he'll leave and I'll make his bed and my husband cooks him breakfast. So yeah, we have a really, really tight bond. We're very close."

    Torres laughs with her son about how life might change once he settles down and gets married. "I always joke with him that I'm not really in any hurry for him to get married. It's just a joke. Of course I want a daughter-in-law and grandchildren some day when he's ready," Torres said." (5/9/14)  

  • Napoli was about to undergo surgery for sleep apnea a few weeks back when one of the nurses asked him to remove a bracelet from his wrist. But he didn't take it off because it meant too much to him. There was simply too much of a connection, and he rarely removes it.

    The blue bracelet says "Lacey Strong" and has hearts on it, and it is for a foundation in memory of Lacey Warner, someone who Napoli will never forget.  Lacey died at the age of 16 in May, 2014 due to complications related to a congenital heart defect. But in her last few months of life, Napoli tried to bring her whatever joy he could.

    The story starts with some coincidence. Lacey's mom, Debbie, went to high school with Napoli's mother, Donna, in Florida. When the Warner family was trying to raise money for Lacey's father, Steve, to run the 2014 Boston Marathon for Miles for Miracles, Debbie asked Donna if her son, Mike, might consider helping them raise the necessary funds.

    Without hesitation, Napoli provided the Warner family with the entire $4,000 needed so that Steve could run the Boston Marathon in tribute to his daughter. But the story goes far beyond the generous check Napoli wrote.

    Lacey had gone into heart failure in April 2014, and was airlifted from her native West Virginia to Boston Children's Hospital. One day Lacey got a visitor in her hospital room. The man happened to be her favorite baseball player.

    "Mike really wanted to come see her before her surgery," said Debbie Warner. "The hospital made arrangements,  and he came the day before her surgery and she thought that was the greatest thing when he walked into the room.

    "He had sent so many balloons, and then he brought her all kinds of quilts for her bed, and pillows and T-shirts and hats and jerseys, everything autographed, and baseballs. It was great, it was just great. We took lots of pictures of them and he talked to her and talked to us and he was just so kind and personable.

    "That was like the last fun event that Lacey really had because she never recovered from her surgery."  Napoli feels like it was the least he could do.  "I knew what was going on and just wanted to make her feel happy," Napoli said. "I heard she loved me as a player and was a huge fan and I tried to do whatever I could to make her happy. I still keep in touch with her parents and they came and saw me in Pittsburgh last season. I text with her mother all the time."

    The connection between Napoli and Lacey is one the Warner family still keeps close to their heart.  "He's really a genuine person," said Debbie Warner. "He just really cares. He's such a caring person. He just takes everything to heart. Any time I see him, it's like kind of a tear in his eyes, like, happy to see us. I told his mom, Donna, I just feel like he's part of my family because of that last connection he had with Lacey."

    Fittingly, before Lacey Warner got to know Napoli, she wore No. 12 while playing in a youth baseball league in West Virginia.  "She would always look for No. 12 when she watched on TV, and she called him Mikey," said Debbie Warner. "She would clap for him and we would sit here and watch the Red Sox games. We took her to the game [in 2013] when the Red Sox won the ALCS, and we spent a whole bunch of time with Mike Napoli's family before the game."

    The 16 years that the Warner family had with Lacey was a gift. "They told us during her first year she wouldn't live beyond her first year, and then we finally got her to Boston [for medical attention], and we got 16 years," said Steve Warner. "They were just amazing people in Boston. We'll have a relationship with them forever, just like we will Mike. It's very special." (By Ian Browne / / November 26, 2014)

  • Each time Napoli wakes up, he immediately checks the clock. If he got three straight solid hours of sleep, it is a small victory. If he can remember details from a dream he just had, he knows that means good things for the day ahead.

    For a long time, Napoli could not recall dreams. He fought an extreme case of sleep apnea, and his sleep was too sporadic. He would wake up before reaching a deep state of slumber, and then repeat the tiring process all night until it was time to force himself to get out of bed and head to the ballpark.  Things have improved dramatically for Napoli in 2015-2016.

    "I have some dreams. Crazy, weird, off-the-wall dreams," Napoli said. "It's funny. When I wake up and I'm like, 'Man, I dreamed last night,' I know I'm going to have a good day where I'm feeling crisp. It's definitely a good feeling, for sure."

    The further Napoli gets from the surgery he underwent in November 2014 to address his sleep apnea, the better he feels about the future of his quality of life. In Spring Training 2016, Napoli is not only feeling refreshed physically, but he has a chance to revive his career with an everyday playing opportunity with Cleveland.

    There were times within the past few years, when the sleeping issues began to wear Napoli down, that he contemplated giving up baseball. The long season, exhausting travel schedule, and irregular sleeping patterns were creating a daunting level of fatigue. With the Indians, and with his operation more than a year behind him, Napoli is feeling renewed.

    "It got to a point to where I was like, 'I don't even know if I can go through this anymore and still play baseball,'" Napoli said. "It was really getting at me. You could tell, in 2014 and '15, it was brutal. But I took the right actions so I could try to get better."

    The surgery Napoli underwent is termed maxillomandibular advancement and was performed by Dr. Leonard Kaban, the chief of oral and maxilloficial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The procedure includes cutting and realigning the chin, jaw, and sinuses in a seven-hour operation.  Needless to say, Napoli's offseason prior to the 2015 campaign was mostly spent recovering from that surgery.  (Bastian - - 3/4/16)

  • August 2, 2016: The Indians entered play riding high at 60-42, leading the AL Central by 4 1/2 games over the Tigers. As the summer has rolled along, the phrase "Party at Napoli's!" has become somewhat of a big deal on social media, in honor of slugger Mike Napoli. He's even taken to wearing (and selling for charity) T-shirts with the phrase emblazoned on them.

    Well, it's now bigger than ever. As the Indians' Twitter account revealed Napoli actually has a special customized bat with his now-iconic phrase inscribed on it. 

  • Mike’s mother, Donna Rose Torres, was a positive role model for him growing up, and he's grateful for all she did for him when he was a young ballplayer.

    "My mother means the world to me," Napoli said. "I learned so much from her just about life, how she treated everybody no matter who you were. Just seeing how she would give anything, even though we didn't come from a lot, she would still be there for anybody to give back or help somebody else.

    "The quality of life I learned so much from her. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here. The things she did for me and my brother when we were young -- make sure we were at practice, make sure we had our equipment, I was always on time for everything. She was just a good role model and somebody to look up to." (Sullivan – – 5/12/17)

  • June 26, 2017:  Before the Indians and the Rangers played their series opener at Progressive Field, several fans that showed up to the ballpark sported "Party At Napoli's" T-shirts. One fan in the right-field seats even held up a sign that read, "We Still Party."

    The shirts and sign were an homage to Mike, who made his return to Cleveland after a career year with the Indians last season during which he helped lead them to an American League championship.

    Prior to the game -- Napoli's first at Progressive Field since the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Cubs in November 2016 -- a short video honoring Napoli for his time with the Tribe played on the scoreboard. After the tribute, Indians manager Terry Francona and president Chris Antonetti presented Napoli with his 2016 AL championship ring.  

    Napoli not only made an impact on the baseball field while with Cleveland, but also within the community. Fans rallied behind the team and the "Party at Napoli's" slogan in 2016, as the proceeds from the T-shirts benefited the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

    "Well, everyone just looks at the baseball part," Napoli said. "[Last year] was a special year for me on the baseball field, but the relationships I created on and off the field, being able to do the charity stuff -- the whole 'Party at Napoli's' thing -- was unbelievable with how the fans took to it and to raise all that money. Overall, it was a special year and it'll be something I can hopefully tell my kids someday about. It's something I'll never forget."

    In 2016 with the Tribe, Napoli collected career-highs in home runs (34) and RBIs (101). Despite his season, the Indians opted to sign slugger Edwin Encarnacion instead of bringing Napoli back on a new contract. 

    "It was a tough offseason for me," Napoli said. "What we went through and everything that happened, it was almost like unfinished business. ... I would've loved to come back and play here, but it's just the way it worked out."

    Both sides were all smiles when Napoli went over to the Indians' clubhouse before the game.  "He came over here," Francona said. "He was sitting on my couch for a while, and it was funny because the guys would walk by and see him and just the reaction, like a couple guys came in and almost tried to tackle him. Tried. It was just funny. It was fun to see their reaction to him because he's so well thought of, [by] myself included."  (Kosileski -


  • June 2000: Napoli signed with the Angels, and scout Todd Claus, after the team drafted him in the 17th round out of Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

  • January 19, 2009: Napoli and the Angels avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

  • January 19, 2010: Mike and the Angels again avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $3.6 million deal.

  • January 22, 2011: The Blue Jays sent OF Vernon Wells to the Angels, acquiring Napoli and OF Juan Rivera.

    January 25, 2011: Mike's stay in Toronto was short-lived. The Rangers sent reliever Frank Francisco and cash to the Blue Jays, acquiring Napoli.

  • January 29, 2011: Napoli and the Rangers agreed on a one-year, $5.8 million contract.

  • February 11, 2012: Mike and the Rangers again avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $9.4 million contract for 2012. Napoli settled $500,000 below the midpoint after the sides exchanged figures. Napoli asked for $11.5 million and the club offered $8.3 million.

  • December 3, 2012: Napoli and the Red Sox agreed on a three-year, $39 million contract.

    However, during his physical, an issue with his hip came to the surface, so the final signing stalled.

    January 17, 2013: Mike and the Red Sox agreed on a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million. With incentives, he can play himself to a $13 million payday, which boosts the compensation to the level of the three-year deal he first agreed to with Boston six weeks before.

  • November 4, 2013: The Red Sox extended the $14.1 million qualifying offer to Napoli. Mike can choose to accept the offer and play 2014 with the one-year deal, or test free agency. If he chooses free agency and signs with another team, that team forfeits a top pick (the first 11 picks are protected, so those teams would then give up a second-round selection) and the Red Sox receive a compensatory pick in the 2014 draft.

    December 6, 2013: Napoli signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Red Sox. In order to stay in Boston, he turned out bigger salaries from the Rangers, Mariners, and Marlins.

  • August 7, 2015: The Rangers acquired Napoli and cash, sending a player to be named to Boston.

  • December 16, 2015: Napoli signed with the Indians, a one-year, $7 million deal.

  • Nov 3, 2016: Napoli elected free agency.

  • February 12, 2017: Mike signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract. There is a club option for 2018 at $11 million, or a $2.5 million buyout.

  • February 7, 2017: Mike signed a one-year contract with the Rangers.

  • Feb. 27, 2018: The Indians signed Napoli to a minor league contract.

    March 22, 2018: The Cleveland Indians were set to release veteran slugger Mike Napoli, but only so they can re-sign him to a minor-league deal as part of a paperwork move, according to's Jordan Bastian.

    Cleveland already has first basemen Yonder Alonso and Edwin Encarnacion on its big-league depth chart, but brought Napoli into spring camp to help him audition for other clubs.

    The decision was made out of respect for the 36-year-old, who helped Cleveland during its run to the 2016 World Series. Napoli was originally taking part in the MLBPA-run camp for unsigned free agents.
  • Napoli is a true run-producer. He won't normally hit for a high average (except in 2011), but he hits with some real righthanded power and knocks in runs. He generates good bat speed and has good loft and carry when he hits one.

    He strikes fear into pitches when he strides to the plate.

  • Mike's big swing gets long at times because a loop in his load makes it hard for him to hit the top half of the ball.

    He always will have trouble hitting a pitch that is above his hands. He swings and misses a lot, but balances out his high strikeout numbers by also walking a whole lot.

  • Napoli's desire to crush balls sometimes ties him in knots offensively, which is why it's so important for him to focus on driving the ball the other way and not trying to yank everything into the left-field seats.

    Mike says, "I have to keep it simple—see the ball, hit the ball. When I'm hitting to all fields, driving the ball to right-center, that's when I know I'm doing the right things."

  • Napoli made his Major League Baseball debut on May 5, 2006 against the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park, and proceeded to hit a home-run in his first Major League at-bat off starting pitcher Justin Verlander.

  • In 2006 with the Angels, after hitting .286 with 11 homers and 27 RBIs before the All-Star break, Napoli hit .164 with five homers and 15 RBIs after the break. 
  • Mike is not just a high fastball hitter, he hits very, very high fastballs—from the letters all the way to nose—high heaters. He can really hammer them.
  • Napoli does get on base even when he's not hitting for average, and his power isn't just dead-pull.
  • June 18, 2014: Mike Napoli made history when his 10th-inning home run cleared the center-field wall at Fenway Park for a 2-1 Red Sox win over the Twins.

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, blasts from David Ortiz and Napoli marked the first time in the modern era (1900-present) that a team won a game in extra innings with back-to-back home runs that represented its first runs of the game.

    The last time Boston walked off with back-to-back homers was June 14, 1999 (also against Minnesota), when Darren Lewis and Jeff Frye went deep in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-3 victory.

  • Moonshots:

Mike Napoli became the 17th player to have a homer reach the 500-level at Rogers Centre.
Mike Napoli Red Sox 8/26/2014
Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 4/30/2013
Shelley Duncan Yankees 5/31/2011
Jayson Werth Phillies 6/27/2009
Gary Sheffield Yankees 7/28/2004
Josh Phelps Blue Jays 7/7/2004
Josh Phelps Blue Jays 8/29/2002
Raul Mondesi Blue Jays 4/17/2002
Manny Ramirez Red Sox 6/3/2001
Shawn Green Blue Jays 4/22/1999
Jose Canseco Rays 4/12/1999
Jose Canseco Blue Jays 9/5/1998
Carlos Delgado Blue Jays 7/19/1998
Joe Carter Blue Jays 7/27/1996
Mark McGwire A's 7/25/1996
Jose Canseco A's 10/7/1989
  • May 24, 2015: A few may Mike Napoli‘s monster homestand—batting .429 (9-for-21), with six runs scored, five home runs and 10 RBIs—but what many might not know is the story behind the bat he used.

    Prior to the first game with the Rangers, the Red Sox first baseman had a fan who was on the field sign his bat—the same bat he used to go on a tear over the weekend.

    “Sometimes there are kids in the dugout and I go up and have them sign my bat,” Napoli said. “It was kind of crazy, the first home run I hit the other day was where he actually signed it. It was pretty cool. I appreciate where he signed it.”

    “It’s pretty cool,” he added. “Everyone is always asking for my autograph so I think it’s pretty cool to go up to a kid and say, ‘Hey, give me your autograph.’ They love that and they write their name on the bat in squiggle.” (Ryan Hannable - - 5/25/15)

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Napoli had a career batting average of .246 with 267 home runs and 744 RBI in 4,572 at-bats in the Major Leagues.
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