This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02)

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02)

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On October 23, 2011, Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001-02) went 1-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and hit a three run HR in the 6th inning as the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark. The HR was Napoli’s second of the series. He became the first catcher since 1982, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1967), to hit a HR in game one of a World Series last Wednesday. Napoli is hitting .333 with seven RBI through four games of the series.

Mike Napoli has hit .264 with 122 HR and 324 RBI thus far during his six MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He had a career best year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 HR, 75 RBI and a OPS of 1.046 this season. Napoli is one of only two MLB…

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