Report: Former Ranger Mike Napoli To Join Cubs Coaching Staff

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November 14, 2019 - 1:11 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Texas Ranger Mike Napoli is joining the Chicago Cubs coaching staff as a quality assurance coach, Jon Heyman reports. 

The Cubs had sought to hire Napoli last season but he declined so he could take a short break. 

Napoli retired in Dec. 2018 after 12 years in the majors that included three trips to the World Series. The 38-year-old did not play in 2018 because of a knee injury. 

Napoli is known for being one of the club's most popular players among Rangers fans. He was one of the 24 players named to the Globe Life Park Era All-Time Team, in a poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News in July. He later appeared alongside several of the other players in a ceremony following the club's final home game at the Globe. 

Napoli batted .246 with 267 homers and 744 RBIs over 1,392 games with the Los Angeles Angels, Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. He entered the majors as a catcher before switching to first base.

He had his best season in 2016 when he helped lead the Indians to the World Series. Napoli set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs and was invaluable as a clubhouse leader for manager Terry Francona.

He helped Boston win the Series in 2013 and reached the Fall Classic with the Rangers in 2011. Napoli was an All-Star in 2012.