Mike Napoli is an American who plays baseball as his profession. He has been active as a professional baseball player since he made his debut in 2006. He plays the role of a first baseman and can substitute as a designated hitter and also a catcher. Throughout his time in the Major League Baseball, Mike Napoli has represented four MLB teams: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. He bats and throws with his right hand.
Mike Napoli Biography, Age
Born as Michael Anthony Napoli on October 31, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida. Like most American sports athletes, Mike played his beloved sport in high school. He attended Charles W. Flanagan High School and played for the Pembroke Pines-based high school team, the Flanagan Falcons. After graduating from high school, Mike continued his play with the Louisiana State University baseball team until he graduated in 200.
was drafted in the 2000 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the 500th overall pick in the 17th round. After the draft, Mike started his career with minor league outfit Butte Copper Kings, only for him to sit out most of the season due to injury. In 2001, after returning from the injury, he moved to the Rancho Cucamonga in the High-A league and then ended the year with Cedar Rapids in the Single-A league. A year on, he made an impressive .251 hits with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs playing as his team’s first choice designated hitter.
Mike’s stats only got better after he ranked 7th in RBIs and 9th in walks in the minor leagues in general, only after hitting .282 with 29 home runs and 118 RBIs back in 2004. He earned his promotion to Arkansas in the Double-A league, and recorded another improving stat, finishing as second in the league in extra-base hits and fifth in the number of runs he scored.
After making good impressions in the minor leagues, on May 4, 2006, Mike Napoli recorded his debut in Major League Baseball playing for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when they came up against fellow MLB side Detroit Tigers. Mike went on to be the LA Angel’s first choice catcher.
In 2007, during the second half of the season, Mike missed 12 games due to an ankle injury. After his return to the pitch, and after playing 5 games, he returned to the disabled list for straining his hamstring.
Mike kicked off his 2008 season as Angel’s first choice catcher, although he often shared time with Jeff Mathis. And just when he thought his injury worries were over, he developed a shoulder injury which kept him off the pitch for 28 games. He recovered from the injury and helped his team win the American League West Division Championship in 2008.
His starting spot as the Angel’s designated hitter was threatened following the introduction of new signing Hideki Matsui in 2010. He, however, ended up playing as Angel’s first baseman, following an injury to the team’s primary first baseman, Kendrys Morales.
On January 21, 2011, Mike bid farewell to the Los Angeles Angels when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Less than a week after his transfer to the Toronto outfit, he signed for the Texas Rangers. He was listed on the All-Star team in 2012.
After just a season with the Texas Rangers, Mike transferred to the Boston Red Sox in a 3-year deal worth $39 million. He was part of the Red Sox team that won the World Series Title in 2013, in the process he was named the MVP of the tournament.
He then returned to the Texas Rangers, where he yet again spent one season. He then signed with the Cleveland Indians and spent a season there as well before making yet another return to Texas. On November 6, 2017, the Texas Rangers declined to renew Mike Napoli’s contract for the upcoming 2018 season, which meant he was a free agent.
He is currently signed to the Cleveland Indians but on a minor league deal, which enables him to play in the minor leagues. However, on April 19 this year, Mike made an announcement that he would miss the rest of the 2018 season due to injury.
Mike recently signed on a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, which includes a guaranteed $1.75 million annual salary. His current net worth is not known but it is, however, estimated to be in the region of $16 million.
Is Mike Napoli Married? Wife
There is no record of Mike Napoli ever being married. Ever since his breakup with his nursing student ex-girlfriend, Sophia Phalen, Mike has kept his dating life off the public eye. However, looking at his relationship with his mother, you could how well he is family-oriented. Mike is a respectable individual who would do just anything for his loved ones.
Mike’s family comprises of his siblings, Joey Napoli and Michelle Napoli, as well as his half-siblings Kristen Torres and Erick Torres, his mother, Donna Rose Torres, and his step-dad, Rick Torres.
On Mike’s left arm, there is an image of his mom’s hand-written signature just below a big rose. That tattoo is a symbol of how much he adores his mom. Mike and his mom share a bond that is unlike the one she has with the rest of her children. On every mother’s day, she is always seen cheering her son, as there is always an MLB game every mother’s day.
The professional baseball player is 6 feet 1 inch or 1.85 m tall. His hairy but athletic body also weighs about 225 lb (102 kg). His hair color is brown and so is his eyes.