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Updated: May 25, 1947
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  Emotional Napoli sings final lullaby as a Con-men

Staten Island (NY) -- In his tee-ball playing days, five-year-old Mike Napoli would often cry when he came to bat. His father grew frustrated as he tried everything to solve this behavior. "His coach would ask him very nicely, Mikey, it's your turn. Please grab a bat," Mr. Napoli recalled. "Mike would start to cry and cry. He was such a sensitive boy."

Patience was required before the young Napoli revealed the reason of his crying. "Dad, I don't want to hurt the ball," explained the young Napoli to his father.

Mrs. Napoli, a music teacher, came up with an idea. "I told Mikey to hum a melody," said Mrs. Napoli, who suggested a simple Italian riff. "The ball will smile and be happy," she would explain, "when it hears the song. The ball will feel no pain when your bat hits it far."

Bad news for pitchers, that solved the trick and would become a sensation wherever Napoli went. "At home games, fans would hum the tune before my every at-bat," recalled Napoli, who was released by the Con-men. "I'll have these memories that will warm my heart."

As a final thank you to LES fans, Napoli called
WCON and recorded a final rendition.

It took six tries before the emotional slugger could finish his tune to the end.

The station will play the recording whenever a Con-man hits a home run at home games.

Big Sexy, Tulo among the cuts

Exactly 138 players were cut as owners shed 889 shekels off their payrolls. Among them, long-timer
Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon, Troy Tulowitzki, Mark Teixeira, Victor Martinez, Evan Longoria, Bruiser favorite Scott "Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through" Kazmir.

Dated May 26, 1947




KEY
a - player released of long-term contract (x).
s - salary per year; figures in orange denotes club total.

NOTE
Figure right of player's name denotes number of year(s) in minors at the time of his release.
 
1947 BVL Cuts
    American National
    Banksville - 15 Brooklyn - 16
   
17
Frazier, T.
18
Diaz, A. (1)
   
18
Walker, N.
18
Shields, J.
   
3
Madson, R.1
4
Bedrosian, C.
   
6
Melancon, M. (1)
4
Brach, B.
   
2
Albers, M. -1
5
Robles, H.
   
2
Arroyo, C. -3
1
d'Arnaud, C. -3
   
3
Dull, R. -3
2
Flaherty, R. -3
   
15
Fowler, D.
18
Gallardo, Y.
   
66
Werth, J.
4
Pomeranz, D. -1
   
1
Montgomery, J.
3
Tillman, C. -4
   
3
Ryu, H-J. -4
2
Crockett, K. -4
   
5
d'Arnaud, T. -3
1
Hanigan, R. -4
   
1
Lyons, T. -2
3
Kazmir, S. -3
   
18
Pedroia, D.
11
Papelbon, J. (25%: 11s)
   
15
Tulowitzki, T.
14
Storen, D. (3)
   
175
 
1
Wood, Tr. -2
   
 
95
 
   
Brick Church - 11
 
   
5
Castillo, We. -1
Homestead - 13
   
27
McCann, B.
2
Brinson, L. (3)
   
27
Pence, H.
3
Herrera, O.
   
3
Goins, R. -3
3
Kepler, M.
   
2
Smith, Car. -3
3
Kingery, S. (1)
   
3
Rupp, C. -2
15
Longoria, E.
   
3
Claudio, A.
3
Mancini, T.
   
4
Wilson, A. (3)
7
Martin, R.
   
3
Thames, E. (2)
4
Godley, Z.
   
5
Bour, J.
4
Sanchez, Aa. (1)
   
6
Panik, J. (2)
1
Crawford, J.P. -4
   
88
 
2
Law, D. -2
   
 
4
Smyly, D. -4
   
LES - 18
2
Urias, J. -4
   
3
Healy, R.
53
 
   
7
Martinez, V. (3)
 
   
6
Mercer, J. -4
Indianapolis - 13
   
18
Reyes, J.B.
2
Burns, B. -4
   
7
Estrada, M. (1)
6
Gregerson, L. -4
   
14
Clippard, T.
5
Howell, J.P. -3
   
2
Diekman, J. (1)
5
Iwakuma, H. -3
   
5
Rondon, H. (2)
2
Phelps, D. -1
   
2
Jones, N. -2
2
Putnam, Z. -4
   
6
Aoki, N. -2
3
Quackenbush, K. -3
   
2
Blanco, A. -3
4
Young, C. -3
   
3
Blanton, J. -2
2
Barnette, T. -3
   
8
Escobar, Y.
18
Cueto, J.
   
21
Napoli, M.
4
Lagares, J. -4
   
2
Rodriguez, Fe. -3
18
Reed, Ad.
   
1
Thornton, M. -3
6
Valbuena, L. (2)
   
4
Walker, T. -1
77
 
   
3
Wilhelmsen, T. -4
 
   
114
 
New England - 16
   
 
4
Salas, F. (2)
   
New York City - 14
6
Blanco, G.
   
15
Bruce, J.
15
Bautista, J.
   
6
Harrison, J. (1)
4
Fernandez, Jo. -2
   
3
Lynn, L.
2
Orlando, P. -2
   
2
Williams, T.
4
Richards, G. -3
   
6
Shaw, B. (2)
1
Rodriguez, S. -2
   
2
Shreve, C.
3
Shoemaker, M. -4
   
1
Goodwin, B. -1
3
Byrd, M. -4
   
1
Kendrick. H. -1
2
De La Rosa, R. -4
   
1
Smith, K. -1
2
Teixeira, M. -2
   
6
Barney, D. -2
14
Uehara, K.
   
3
Bush, M. -2
21
Phillips, B.
   
1
Goody, N. -1
14
Benoit, J.
   
4
Grimm, J. -3
1
Breslow, C. -4
   
2
Tomas, Y. -2
14
Cespedes, Y.
   
53
 
110
 
   
 
 
   
Toronto - 11
New York Knights - 11
   
19
Cabrera, Me.
3
Garcia, Av.
   
3
Flowers, T. (1)
6
Colon, B. (3)
   
4
Joseph, C. (2)
4
Buchter, R. (1)
   
4
Suarez, E. -4
5
Chavez, J. (3)
   
6
Kluber, C.
5
Warren, A.
   
14
Smith, J.M.
1
Avila, A. -2
   
2
Kontos, G. -3
4
Maurer, B. -4
   
1
Hardy. J.J. -1
2
Swarzak, A. -1
   
2
Layne, T. -4
2
Bowman, M. -2
   
6
Rosenthal, T. -3
5
Siegrist, K. -3
   
20
Gordon, A.
6
Vogt, S, -3
   
81
 
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