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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.

In Memoriam: Remembering those the baseball community has lost in the past year

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A few years ago Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball noticed that Major League Baseball doesn’t have an Oscars-style In Memoriam segment at any point in the year to remember the people that the game has lost. He rectified that by producing one. Today, for the seventh straight year, he has released his In Memoriam video.

Normally it comes out at the All-Star break, as Sullivan’s thought — a good one — was that the league should make it part of the All-Star game festivities. A celebration of baseball lives to go along with everything else baseball celebrates during the Midsummer Classic.

We have no Midsummer Classic this year, but we do have this lovely, heartfelt tribute to those we lost. Great job once again, Sully.