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Mike Napoli Newsbeat

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grant: It worked for the 2013 Boston Red Sox…how Mike Napoli and a box of U.S. flag-themed shorts hope to spark a postseason run for the Rangers | Dallas Morning News

“He’s a relationship guy and loves to connect with everybody in the clubhouse,” Banister added. “He brings that intensity and some camaraderie. It’s real. ... You need a guy like that.”

It’s not as if Napoli learned the art of connecting overnight. For the start of his career, he played with well-respected, clubhouse-uniters such as Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero in Anaheim. With the Rangers, he lockered next to—and gravitated toward—Michael Young for two years and was also around Adrian Beltre. In Boston, it was Gomes, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.

Now, in his 10th year in the majors, he is being the center of gravity.

“He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” Young said. “There are no clubhouse walls with him. He always finds himself with winning teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily at the plate this season. On July 22, he was batting only .198. But in 14 games since, he’s posted a .957 OPS with six doubles and three home runs, raising his overall average to .207.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
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