This date in Kernels alumni history – July 31, 2009
Mike Napoli has a career batting average of .260 with 139 HR and 362 RBI during his seven MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He is hitting .228 with 17 HR and 38 RBI thus far in 2012.
Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.