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Former Red Sox World Series champion retires

Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who helped deliver a World Series championship to Boston in 2013, has retired from Major League Baseball.

Napoli played 12 seasons in the majors with four organizations, including two-plus seasons with the Red Sox.

He started the 2018 season with the Columbus Clippers, the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. He tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, which required season-ending surgery.

Napoli hit for a career average of .246 with 267 home runs and 744 runs batted in, and he was an American League All-Star in 2012.

He also made it to the World Series with the Texas Rangers in 2011 and with Cleveland in 2016, but fell short of the title each time.

Napoli was selected by the Los Angeles Angels, known then as the Anaheim Angels, in the 17th round of the 2000 June draft.

He made his MLB debut on May 4, 2006, playing catcher for the Angels for five seasons before he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Jan. 21, 2011, and then to the Rangers just four days later.

Napoli played two more seasons as a catcher in Texas before making the transition to first base after signing with the Red Sox on Jan. 22, 2013.

His best season in Boston came in 2013, when he hit .259 with 23 homers and 92 RBI.

In the postseason, Napoli hit a solo home run in the team’s pivotal American League Championship Series Game 3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. He hit another solo home run in a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of that series.

Napoli also hit a three-run double in an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Red Sox showed their appreciation for Napoli’s efforts with a couple of tweets.

The Red Sox traded Napoli to the Rangers on Aug. 7, 2015. He then signed with Cleveland in 2016 before heading back to Texas on a free agent deal in 2017.


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