Mike Napoli Ranked 8th Best MLB First Baseman

MLB Network has ranked Red Sox first-sacker Mike Napoli as the eighth-best first baseman in baseball. As the chart shows, Napoli finished just behind former Red Sox prospect Anthony Rizzo and just ahead of former Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The network ranked Detroit's Miguel Cabrera as the top player at the position, followed by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and White Sox...
Via FenwayNation
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox May Be Eyeing Korean First Baseman

Multiple reports out of The Republic Of Korea indicate that the Red Sox (and possibly the Oakland Athletics as well) are interested in signing 28-year old first baseman Park Byung-ho. Park is a two-time Korean Baseball Organization MVP—hitting 52 HRs in 2014. Park is eligible to be "posted" to MLB teams for 2015—and has signed with a a US agent. Boston may be looking down the...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Poised For Bounce Back Season

With several new bats and young players headlining the Boston Red Sox lineup, many eyes will be taken off Mike Napoli. The 33-year-old will be in his second and final year of his contract and will be looking to post better numbers than in 2014. He will not only have an incentive from that, but he should also be more physically and mentally prepared than he has been during his Red...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Surviving Blizzard ’15 with Cards Against Humanity and Shots

As a Californian, all this “Blizzard of 2015” business doesn’t really resonate with me (more of an earthquake/fire guy), but the idea of hunkering down at home and waiting it out seems like it could be kind of fun. Play games, watch movies, sleep and miss work—sounds awesome! Or you could take it next level like Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. The slugger hunkered down...
Via Busted Coverage
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli’s Blizzard Plans Are Cooler Than Yours

First blizzard!!! Cards against humanity = good times @gracietracy @kristenscanlon @anastasia_tibs @marinexo @bostonsblackie A photo posted by Michael Napoli (@mikenapoli25) on Jan 26, 2015 at 7:19pm PST Booze in red party cups? Check. ****-tons of TVs to monitor the storm and/or view porno flicks? Check. A guest list that is precariously balanced to ensure a two-girls...
Via Surviving Grady
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Snow’s a comin’, warm up with some baseball

As New England prepares to get whacked with snow this week, reading about baseball should serve as a sweet release from the bitter cold…. Major League Baseball lost an icon over the weekend, as Ernie Banks passed away at the 83. Banks spent his entire 19-year career as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, and subsequently earned the mantra Mr. Cub. Inducted into...
Via Fire Brand AL
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

      This embed is invalid   " /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Mike Napoli’s pillow has never felt so good.   Napoli underwent successful surgery in November to alleviate his sleep apnea, which the Boston Red Sox first baseman revealed Saturday was actually much worse than anyone ever imagined. “I couldn’t do it anymore, the way I was feeling,” Napoli...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #153: Mike Napoli | 1B | BOS

Last season Mike Napoli hit just 17 HR in 500 PA, breaking a string of six consecutive 20-homer season despite posting just his third 500 PA season. Formerly a catcher, Napoli never really had much of a chance to earn consistent playing time. In Boston, now he has it (even though Allen Craig lurks on the bench). So, what caused Napoli’s home run rate to dip last year? It was an...
Via Baseball Professor
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Writer Sums Up Titans-Jaguars Game With Hilarious Game Preview (Photo)

It’s no secret that America loves it some NFL football, but the league’s final installment of “Thursday Night Football” might seriously put their love to the test. Thursday night’s game features an AFC South matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, two squads who at 2-12 are tied with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A side of Mike Napoli you never knew

(Photo courtesy of Warner family)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer There is always a personal side to our Red Sox players, but we often are not given the chance to appreciate what they do off the field with their fame and fortune.This is a more lasting and human side that results from their contributions on the field.Red Sox players have always been helping with local children...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox Gives His Thanks

Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox has many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, from a stable degenerative hip condition to being one year removed from a World Series. However, the one thing Napoli always preferred was giving help and bringing joy to the lives of young ones in any way he could. […]
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox's Napoli undergoes sleep apnea surgery

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has undergone surgery to correct his sleep apnea. Napoli was expected to remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for several days after the operation on Tuesday to improve the flow of air through his airway. Sleep apnea sufferers experience shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep that can last up to several minutes. Napoli...
Via AP on Fox
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox 1B Napoli has surgery for sleep apnea

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has undergone surgery to correct his sleep apnea. Napoli was expected to remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for several days after the operation on Tuesday to improve the flow of air through his airway. Sleep apnea sufferers experience shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep that can last up to several minutes. Napoli...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli’s Surgery A Success

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox makes diving catch in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park on September 16, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to a press release from the Boston Red Sox, Mike Napoli‘s sleep apnea surgery went well. Here’s the release: BOSTON, MA - Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli today underwent...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Undergoes Successful Surgery To Address Sleep Apnea

Mike Napoli took a major step toward alleviating a longstanding issue. Napoli underwent successful surgery to address his sleep apnea Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox announced. The first baseman is expected to return home later this week after a brief hospital stay. Napoli’s procedure was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital by Dr. Leonard Kaban, chief of oral and maxillofacial...
Via NESN.com
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli: I want to play in Boston for rest of my career

Mike Napoli has no complaints about his quality of life. Napoli, who is entering the second year of a two-year, $32 million contract he signed last offseason, isn’t shy about professing his love for Boston. The first baseman developed a unique relationship with the city during the Red Sox’s successful 2013, and he can totally envision continuing the relationship well into the...
Via NESN.com
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox 1B Napoli to have sleep disorder surgery

BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will have surgery to treat a sleeping disorder. The team says Napoli will have the procedure next month. Napoli suffers from sleep apnea. The disorder occurs when someone briefly stops breathing during sleep. It can disrupt sleep, leading to fatigue. The surgery involves repositioning the jaws and sometimes the tongue to keep...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli to have surgery to correct sleep apnea

Plenty of big leaguers will have surgeries this off season to fix the little things that ail them. Happens every year. Mike Napoli is one of those guys. But here’s the thing, the Boston Red Sox first baseman has been dealing with finger, toe and back issues, but that’s not what he’s getting checked out. Dude is having, wait for it, facial reconstruction surgery. Yup, you read...
Via Hall of Very Good
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Say it ain't so... major reconstructive surgery for Mike Napoli

Will this face be back in 2015?Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Mike Napoli had a tough year in 2014.He battled injuries to his finger, back and toe this season.Along with this it was reported that he had been battling sleep apnea almost his whole career.Napoli wrote in a text to WEEI.com, "I've tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine,...
Via RedSoxLife
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston's Mike Napoli To Undergo Surgery For Sleep Apnea

The Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli has decided to undergo surgery to help his sleep apnea that has bothered him throughout his career. 
Via CLNS Radio
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Mike Napoli To Undergo Surgery To Alleviate Sleep Disorder

Mike Napoli’s one rather obscure ailment is the one he’ll undergo a procedure for this offseason. Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington revealed after the season that Napoli has been dealing with sleep apnea. Napoli told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford this week he’ll undergo bimaxillary advancement surgery to help alleviate the sleep disorder. “I’ve been dealing with...
Via NESN.com
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Napoli to undergo facial reconstruction surgery due to sleep apnea issues

At points over the last couple seasons, it was sometimes difficult to remember what Mike Napoli's face looked like under all that beard, but in a few weeks, the recently clean-shaven Boston Red Sox first baseman will be undergoing facial reconstruction that few will soon forget -- even if his visual appearance doesn't change. Napoli, who just finished up a 17-homer, 55-RBI campaign...
Via Fox Sports
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli To Undergo Sleep Apnea Surgery

(Getty Images)Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will have surgery to alleviate a sleep apnea condition he has dealt with his whole career. The procedure will happen in early November allowing him to recover in time for Spring Training. Napoli texted the following, "I've been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career, I've tried numerous things and none of them worked...
Via FenwayNation
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox First Base Outlook: Mike Napoli’s Health A Key Factor In 2015

First base was a hot topic for the Boston Red Sox the last two offseasons. This year is much different. Mike Napoli was a free agent following the Red Sox’s 2013 World Series win, forcing Boston to make an important decision. The organization lacked internal options, so it was fairly obvious the Sox would need to sign a free agent. Napoli represented the best option and eventually...
Via NESN.com
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox to help Napoli with sleep apnea issues

Napoli has struggled this season, nagging injuries haven't helpedSource: http://blogs.denverpost.comBrian Hines (@BringLesterBack)Contributing WriterIt was a rough season for the Red Sox and their fans. After winning the World Series they now sit at the bottom of their division. Somebody who didn't contribute as much as he did last year was Mike Napoli. Nap suffered an array of...
Via RedSoxLife
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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