National League Central soccer jerseys

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A couple weeks ago I linked to designer Mark Willis’ hypothetical soccer-style jerseys for American League East teams, which were really cool-looking.

And the response was so positive that Willis has decided to create jersey designs for the rest of the MLB teams too, beginning with the National League Central teams today.

His version of a Yadier Molina Cardinals jersey is shown to the right and you should definitely check out his blog for the other designs and his explanations.

Good stuff.

Mike Napoli tore his ACL

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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.