From the Field: Travis Hafner, 1b, Cleveland Indians

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For a guy who was drafted in the 31st Round (1996, by the Rangers), Hafner had a pretty amazing career. Well, I guess it would be a pretty great career for anyone…but especially for someone drafted that late.

My favorite memory of him is right here.  I was at work watching this game.  I remember hanging up on my boss since I started screaming.  It was a good night.

Hafner’s 2006 was probably his real highlight. .308/.439/.659 with 42 HR. That would be good for a 181 OPS+. It says something about the state of baseball back then that those numbers would get him #8 in MVP voting.

Got this autograph while he acting as a special assistant to the Lake County Captains. There were only three of us, and he signed. That said, he never really seems…happy. Which is nuts. He made a ton of money in his career, and I think he is loved around Cleveland. He is Pronk! I know the whole baseball celebrity thing probably gets old…but he cant get bugged that bad. Eh, whatever. He signed. Made me happy.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2002 25 TEX AL 23 62 1 1 6 8 15 .242 .329 .387 .716 86
2003 26 CLE AL 91 291 3 14 40 22 81 .254 .327 .485 .812 115
2004 27 CLE AL 140 482 3 28 109 68 111 .311 .410 .583 .993 162 MVP-24
2005 28 CLE AL 137 486 0 33 108 79 123 .305 .408 .595 1.003 168 MVP-5
2006 29 CLE AL 129 454 1 42 117 100 111 .308 .439 .659 1.097 181 MVP-8
2007 30 CLE AL 152 545 2 24 100 102 115 .266 .385 .451 .837 120
2008 31 CLE AL 57 198 0 5 24 27 55 .197 .305 .323 .628 69
2009 32 CLE AL 94 338 0 16 49 41 67 .272 .355 .470 .826 120
2010 33 CLE AL 118 396 0 13 50 51 94 .278 .374 .449 .824 130
2011 34 CLE AL 94 325 0 13 57 36 78 .280 .361 .449 .811 128
2012 35 CLE AL 66 219 2 12 34 32 47 .228 .346 .438 .784 120
2013 36 NYY AL 82 262 1 12 37 32 79 .202 .301 .378 .679 87
12 Yrs 1183 4058 13 213 731 598 976 .273 .376 .498 .874 134
162 Game Avg. 162 556 2 29 100 82 134 .273 .376 .498 .874 134
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/18/2016.
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