“After much thought and consideration with my family, I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” his letter began.
“Thank you fans, coaches, teammates and the media members and organizations in Anaheim, Texas, Boston and Cleveland. You supported me, believed in me and gave me a platform to be successful on and off the field. You helped shape who I am both as a person and a player.”
Napoli only spent one season in Cleveland, but he became a fan favorite during the 150 games with the Indians.
It even looked like he was coming back to Cleveland when he signed a minor league contract with the Indians in Feb. 2018, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Napoli sustained a torn right ACL and meniscus on April 20—injuries with an estimated 10-14-month recovery process that proved too much to overcome.