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Boston Herald Jun 29, 2015
Changing strike zone has Napoli at wit’s end

Changing strike zone has Napoli at wit’s end

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mike Napoli goes to work at Fenway Park, not Jurassic Park, but he’s beginning to feel like a dinosaur.Napoli has played baseball all his life, including more than 1,000 games over 10 years in the big leagues. Over time, the 33-year-old slugger has developed a heightened sense for the strike zone, by definition a 17-inch square that ranges from the midpoint of a batter’s torso to the hollow beneath his knees and spans the edges of home plate. He knows that real estate better than any home he has ever owned.
The Republican Jun 28, 2015

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli ejected for not picking up bat upon ump's request -- after grampa told him 'relax'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Napoli has been frustrated with the widened strike zone all year and things boiled over Sunday against the Rays after he was ejected for disputing a called third strike during the second inning. Napoli, after...
Full Count | WEEI Jun 28, 2015

Mike Napoli ejected for not doing bat boy’s job

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mike Napoli’s overall relationship with the umpires this year has not been good. Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, it hit it’s boiling point. Napoli was tossed from what would ultimately turn into a 5-3 Red Sox win over the Rays in the second inning for what appeared to be for arguing […]
Boston Herald Jun 28, 2015
Mike Napoli one Red Sox issue that will self-correct

Mike Napoli one Red Sox issue that will self-correct

Of all the players on this 2015 Red Sox team to be put on a short leash, Mike Napoli should be at the bottom of the list.In other words, there are far bigger problems on this team than a lengthy cold spell from a historically streaky hitter.Does anybody around here remember the 2013 World Series championship that the Red Sox collected? It feels as if that was ages ago but that was a season in which Napoli endured hitting droughts every bit as arid as his spells this year.
Boston Herald Jun 27, 2015
Red Sox Notebook: Strike zone angers Mike Napoli

Red Sox Notebook: Strike zone angers Mike Napoli

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In a game in which Mike Napoli walked three times, scored two runs and said, “it’s good to contribute and do things,” he also had a qualm with home plate umpire Brian Gorman.Shortly after he struck out looking with runners on first and second to end the 10th inning of the Red Sox’ eventual 4-3 win over the Rays, Napoli was upset about the third strike that appeared to be well outside of the zone.
Full Count | WEEI Jun 26, 2015

Mike Napoli remains frustrated with umpires after another encouraging game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mike Napoli has seemingly done an about-face thanks to the last couple of games. After reaching one of his low points via a four-strikeout game earlier in the week, the first baseman has bounced back by reaching base in seven of his last nine plate appearances. His latest surge came during […]
Over the Monster Jun 25, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Joe Kelly, Pablo Sandoval

Today's links look at the struggles of Mike Napoli and Joe Kelly, the team's plan with the rotation, and an awesome Terry Francona story. Mike Napoli hasn't been able to break out of his year-long slump, and he may be running out of time. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Napoli isn't the only one whose time may be running short. Although the team hasn't made a decision, Joe Kelly may lose his rotation spot. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England) There seems to be a simple solution to this whole situation. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) The entire rotation plan deserves some...
The Republican Jun 24, 2015
Boston Red Sox not giving up on Mike Napoli; 'We're here to help him get through this,' John Farrell says

Boston Red Sox not giving up on Mike Napoli; 'We're here to help him get through this,' John Farrell says

Farrell cited 2010 when Napoli batted .238 but blasted 26 homers. "There was a year similar to what is unfolding now, which is a lower average but a high number of home runs," Farrell said. "We're certainly not turning away from Mike. We're here to help him get through this."
Full Count | WEEI Jun 24, 2015

Red Sox pregame notes: Mike Napoli’s struggles ‘surprising'; No decision made on Joe Kelly

It hasn’t been the contract year many expected from Mike Napoli. With an 0-for-4, four strikeout performance Tuesday, Napoli’s average has dipped down below .200 to .199 and in the month of June he’s batting .179 with 23 strikeouts and four walks in 72 plate appearances. With the type of spring Napoli had, hitting six […]
Over the Monster Jun 24, 2015

Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Napoli sits, Holt plays first

After striking out four times and seeing his average dip below .200 in Wednesday night's loss, Mike Napoli will sit out for Wednesday night's game against the Orioles. AMike Napoli will sit out Wednesday night with Brock Holt taking his usual spot at first base as the Red Sox try to bounce back behind Clay Buchholz. BALTIMORE ORIOLES BOSTON RED SOX Manny Machado - 3B Mookie Betts - CF Chris Parmelee - RF Brock Holt - 1B Jimmy Paredes - DH Dustin Pedroia - 2B Chris Davis - 1B David Ortiz - DH J.J. Hardy - SS Hanley Ramirez - LF Travis Snider - LF Xander Bogaerts -...
The Republican Jun 24, 2015
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell goes with best lineup; sits Mike Napoli and starts Brock Holt at first

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell goes with best lineup; sits Mike Napoli and starts Brock Holt at first

Napoli is 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts in his career against Norris. Holt is 4-for-8 against Norris.
Full Count | WEEI Jun 24, 2015

Red Sox lineup: Mike Napoli out after 4 strikeout game; Brock Holt playing first base

After going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Tuesday, Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles and right-handed starter Bud Norris. The Red Sox will look to take Game 2 of the three-game set at Fenway Park. Brock Holt will take Napoli’s place at first base and hit in the No. 2 spot […]
The Republican Jun 24, 2015
Boston Red Sox need to move on from Mike Napoli 'at some point,' ESPN's Buster Olney says

Boston Red Sox need to move on from Mike Napoli 'at some point,' ESPN's Buster Olney says

ESPN's Buster Olney appeared on WEEI's Middays with MFB and talked about Napoli's struggles. Napoli went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Tuesday against Baltimore. He's batting .199 with a .295 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage and .675 OPS.
The Republican Jun 24, 2015

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli likely won't play Wednesday after striking out four times Tuesday

Napoli went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Boston's 6-4 loss. He's batting .199 with a .295 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage.
Full Count | WEEI Jun 23, 2015

Mike Napoli isn’t sweating drop to eighth in batting order

Mike Napoli received a text message from manager John Farrell before Tuesday’s game against the Orioles informing he’d be batting in a familiar and yet unfamiliar spot ‘€“ eighth. How can it be both at the same time? Well, it’s a first for Napoli as a member of the Red Sox. He has spent the […]

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