CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Party at Napoli’s is officially over, but one of baseball’s most likable sluggers says he’s ready to move on to the next phase of his career. Mike Napoli, who became a fan favorite in Cleveland after clubbing 34 home runs and leading the Indians to the World Series in 2016, announced his retirement from playing following a 12-year career in the majors. Napoli, who was playing at Class AAA Columbus in the Indians farm system when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in April, did not make it back to the big leagues after playing 2017 with the Texas Rangers. He announced his decision in a heartfelt post on Twitter. THANK YOU… pic.twitter.com/CzhaoU9YUH— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018 An All-Star in 2012 with the Rangers, Napoli won a World Series title with Boston in 2013. He finishes his career with a .246 batting average including 267 home runs and 744 RBI. He had a career .821 OPS and stuck out 1,468 times. Napoli made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Angels on May 4, 2006, against Detroit, hitting a home-run in his first at-bat against Justin Verlander. His solo homer against Verlander in Game 3 of the 2013 American League Championship series proved to be the only run in a 1-0 Red Sox win.