“Soccer is a communist sport. And I don’t care if you use that.”
— Reds pitcher Homer Bailey to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News. Bailey went on to talk about how war is too important to be left to politicians, about how he can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration,
indoctrination, subversion and how me must put a stop to the international
Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily
Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus while playing for Triple-A Columbus the other night. The injury will require season-ending surgery.
Given that Napoli will turn 37 this year, given that he will need 10-14 months of rehab and given that, as it was, he was unable to find a major league gig, it’s almost certain that this injury will end Napoli’s career.
Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring. He hit .193/.285/.428 for the Rangers in 2017. If this is it for Napoli, he’ll end his career with a line of .246/.346/.475 with 267 homers and 744 driven in. He appeared in the World Series with the 2011 Rangers, the 2013 Red Sox and the 2016 Indians, winning a ring with Boston.