Texas Rangers: A breakdown of the Mike Napoli sweepstakes

The acquisition of Mike Napoli proved to be a successful one in 2015. The Rangers assessed their needs, recognized a glaring weakness against left-handed pitchers, and decided to take in the powerful Napoli. Napoli earned a frequent spot in the Texas lineup, even if it meant placing him in an uncharted left field. The former Ranger finished the season with a .295 batting average...
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Will Hanley Be Headed Out Of Town By Winter Meetings?

Bye-Bye, Hanley?There is a growing belief that the Red Sox may try to trade the riddle that is Hanley Ramirez before the December 6th Winter Meetings in Nashville. The rationale is that this would allow Boston to pursue a real first baseman—like Chris Davis, Justin Morneau or even old friend Mike Napoli—in free agency during the meetings. The kerfuffle over whether Ramirez was...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Farewell or welcome back to Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis in Texas?

The Texas Rangers’ starting rotation was somewhat of a crapshoot in 2015. With Tommy John surgery striking both Yu Darvish and Martin Perez, Texas was left scrambling for adequate arms that could keep them from drowning early. The team entered the 2015 campaign with a rotation led by Derek Holland, followed by Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis, Ross Detwiler, and Nick Martinez. Derek...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels acquisition has Rangers primed for success

This weekend saw a new World Series champion crowned, as The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games - finishing what they couldn’t last year. With the close of the season, though, teams can officially turn their minds to 2016, fresh with possibilities and the promise of a clean slate for a new year.  Some teams, of course, have more reason to be hopeful...
Via The Sports Quotient
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli on Game 5: We're going to lay it on the line.'

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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Jeff Banister for Manager of the Year

The Texas Rangers are officially the American League West champs. The heavily overlooked team which had a less than two percent chance to win the division prior to August 1st has proved us all wrong. It took some serious grit to accomplish the division title, not only did the Rangers overcome much adversity from 2015, but also adversity that carried over from 2014. Texas had the...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers wear patriotic shorts because…America (photos)

The Texas Rangers are headed to the postseason, as their AL Divisional Series against the Toronto Blue Jays starts on Thursday night. The team worked out on Tuesday, and did so rocking some flashy, patriotic shorts with an American theme. The sports came from first baseman Mike Napoli and feature the team’s “never ever quit” slogan. Can Nike make the girl version of the Rangers...
Via The Sports Daily
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Napoli back with the Rangers, who are back in playoffs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Chants of ''Nap-o-li!, Nap-o-li!'' echo in Texas just like 2011 all over again. Expect them to only get louder and more frequent now that the Rangers are back in the playoffs again, two months after the return of Mike Napoli, who had 10 RBIs in their last World Series. Even though first-year manager Jeff Banister wasn't in Texas for Napoli's first stint, he...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Red Sox player will you watch in postseason?

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer What? Red Sox in the 2015 postseason?Not really, but there are quite a few previous players still making a run elsewhere at another World Series Ring.Let's see who might be of interest to watch this postseason. Below the overview, with thanks to Rob Bradford, to help you when channel hopping to watch your favorite players at the plate or on the...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli gets drenched during postgame interview

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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Banister: Napoli 'might be the human victory cigar'

Texas Rangers slugger Mike Napoli is the sort of player that has a 'reputation'. It's a good thing, mind you - he hits home runs, pumps up his teammates and has a penchant for bringing everyone together. He's not unlike Jonny Gomes, another powerful right-handed hitter known for his splits against left-handed pitching and accolades as a good 'clubhouse guy'. He's only been with...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

TC’s DraftKings Value Picks: Ex-Red Sox Mike Napoli A Strong Option

Mike Napoli seems to be fitting in nicely during his second stint with the Texas Rangers. Napoli was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Rangers on Aug. 7 and has hit quite well since moving to Texas. He sports a .286 average through 25 games with the club this season and is hitting at a .333 clip with four home runs and seven RBIs in his last 16 contests. For that reason, NESN’s...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers Insider: 'Ranger Most Likely' - Mike Napoli

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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers sporting American flag shorts because of Mike Napoli

The Texas Rangers enter play Wednesday alone in first place in the AL West by a half-game, having taken the first two games of a four-game set with the Houston Astros. Their first place takeover coincided with a team-wide fashion quirk inspired by slugger Mike Napoli: They're all wearing American flag shorts with manager Jeff Banister's #NeverEverQuit mantra printed on the side. ...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Banister: Rangers sticking with Napoli in LF, despite issues

The Texas Rangers put Mike Napoli in left field on Monday, and it directly led to an error when Napoli flubbed a play on a ball hit toward him.Despite the gaffe, which Napoli described simply as 'Bad hop, man', manager Jeff Banister reiterated on Tuesday that he'll remain in left. The rationale is easy: the Rangers love his offense and value that over any defensive shortcomings he...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Plays Left Field For Rangers For First Time In Career

One of the prevailing late-season storylines surrounding the Boston Red Sox is left fielder Hanley Ramirez’s ongoing transition to first base. Down in Texas, one of Ramirez’s former teammates is (at least temporarily) trying to do the opposite. Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli made his debut in left field Sunday during the Rangers’ 12-4 rout of the Oakland A’s. Napoli...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Napoli's Numbers Get Him More Playing Time In Texas

(Getty Images)The Mike Napoli deal had to happen. Let's get that out on the table right away. And yet, it is interesting to see Nap's resurgence since re-donning the uniform of the Texas Rangers. As MassLive.com's Nick O'Malley points out, in just 11 games, Napoli is hitting .318—with a .400 OBP, is slugging .636 and has a 1.036 OPS. He will likely get more starts if this trend...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli hit in ankle by pitch which also knocked his helmet off (Video)

Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli was hit in the ankle by a pitch during the first inning of Wednesday night's game against Seattle. Napoli also had his helmet knocked off his head...by the same pitch.The pitch bounced straight up off Napoli's ankle and knocked his helmet clean off. The video has to be seen to be believed, as not only is it rare to see this, but it's also...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rangers' Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli And Elvis Andrus Combine For Over 1200 Feet of Home Runs Against Mariners

No one had a worse day at the ball park than Mariners reliever Joe Beimel. He came in to the seventh inning down 3-2; not an ideal sitaution, but not a horrible one by any means. Hitting the first batter he faced wasn't how he wanted to start, but he got Adrian Beltre to line out (which was good). Then it all fell a part.Mitch Moreland hit a 365' foot home run which was followed...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Napoli's helmet knocked off in odd fashion

A potentially dangerous situation turned into a video for the ages. Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli was up at bat Wednesday when a pitch bounced short of the plate. Now, this single act isn’t out of the ordinary, but what happened after has us scratching our heads. The ball bounced up and off Napoli’s ankle, and then somehow knocked off his helmet. It’s a moment...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild pitch hits Mike Napoli and knocks helmet off (video)

Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli was involved in a scary moment during Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. A short pitch hit him in the ankle and ricocheted upward toward his head. Luckily, it hit him in the helmet instead, and knocked it right off. Incidents such as this one are why helmets are a thing. Player safety is important, and we’re happy that Napoli’s...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Beat: Napoli is Gone, Koji is Out and Owens Makes His Debut

With Mike Napoli (finally) off the Red Sox roster, Koji Uehara out for the season and all this talk of David Ortiz reaching the 500 home run mark, Red Sox Beat had a lot to cover! 
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Scores Run In First Game Since Being Traded To Rangers

Even though Mike Napoli didn’t record a hit in his first game with the Texas Rangers after being traded, the first baseman played a crucial role for the Rangers in their 11-3 win in extra innings over the Seattle Mariners. Napoli was 0-for-2 at the plate, but he drew a critical walk in the fourth inning. He later came around to score the Rangers’ third run of the inning on...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Recall Deven Marrero From Pawtucket Following Mike Napoli Trade

The Boston Red Sox have recalled infielder Deven Marrero on Saturday to replace first baseman Mike Napoli’s spot on the 25-man roster. Napoli was traded to the Texas Rangers on Friday for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The spot has not been filled on the 40-man roster. Marrero spent about a month with the Red Sox earlier this season from June 25-July 20 during...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Marrero called up by Red Sox to fill Napoli's spot

DETROIT (AP) The Boston Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday to fill the open roster spot after first baseman Mike Napoli was traded. Napoli was dealt to the Texas Rangers on Friday night for a player to be named or cash. Boston also sent money to Texas as part of the deal, which came a week after baseball's deadline for trading players without...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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