I just wanted to note that former Indians DH Travis Hafner is returning to Cleveland, but he won’t be wearing an Indians uniform. He’ll be a volunteer assistant coach (working with batters, duh) at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. He’s in good company, as former Indians pitcher Len Barker (he of the May 1981 perfect game) is the baseball head coach. This is apparently a “temporary” gig, but it sounds like a graceful way for him to exit his playing career. He was our stalwart DH for ten seasons, during which he hit 200 home runs and batted .278. While it was definitely time for him to exit the Indians line up, I feel kind of bad that he spent what is likely his last season as a player with the Yankees. At least Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret is coming back to Cleveland in some capacity. And if you never managed to get Hafner’s autograph, note that Notre Dame plays all of its home games at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.
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