Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   1B - C
Home: Cooper City, FL Team:   RANGERS
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 Flanagan H.S. (Fla.)
Uniform #: 25  
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

  • 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 -- who plays first base for the Red Sox -- 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 American League Championship Series, 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."

    "I just tried to put a smile on her face," said Napoli. "I like to do that. I do a lot of stuff with Boston Children's Hospital, with the kids over there. I just love kids and it's what I like to do."  (By Ian Browne / / November 26, 2014)


  • June 2000: Napoli signed with the Angels, and scout Todd Claus, after the team drafted him in the 17th round out of 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 that could grow by an additional $100,000 if he starts 120 games.

  • 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 2014's first-year player 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, 3015: The Rangers acquired Napoli and cash, sending a player to be named to Boston.

  • 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.
Player Team Date
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

  • As of the start of the 2015 season, Napoli had a career batting average of .257 with 186 home runs and 527 RBI in 3,183 at-bats in the Major Leagues.
  • 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)

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