Tigers’ retirement gifts for Derek Jeter: a set of old Tiger Stadium seats and three paintings


Derek Jeter’s retirement tour continued Wednesday in Detroit with another set of gifts …

The paintings were of new Comerica Park, old Tiger Stadium, and Jeter’s high school field in Kalamazoo, Michigan — about two hours west of Detroit. Jeter also got dirt from the high school field. Pretty cool.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.