Notre Dame recently hired long-time Cleveland Indian’s first baseman/designated hitter Travis Hafner to join their baseball staff as a volunteer coach not that long ago. This was after he was unable to draw enough interest to sign a deal with a Major League club.
Hafner was once one of the leagues best hitters as he had five consecutive seasons with 20 plus home runs and 100 plus RBI’s. The biggest year in his career was in 2006 where he hit 43 long balls and plated 117 RBI’s with a batting line of .308/.439/.659.
Since then he was only able to reach 20 home runs and 100 RBI’s just once. Hafner has been unable to get even close to those numbers over the last six years but he’s still able to produce a little bit of run support for his team. He’s up there in age as the 12 year veteran will turn 37 years old on June 3rd.
Now according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hafner hopes to continue his playing career in 2014.
“I’m working out every day, getting ready for the upcoming season. The body and swing feel good.” Hafner told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
In his first and possibly only year with the New York Yankees, Hafner hit 12 home runs and 37 RBI’s with a batting line of .202/.301/.378. Any deal he could be offered would be a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.