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Travis Hafner goes into college coaching, but still wants to play

Jan 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Travis Hafner AP

Travis Hafner hasn’t officially called it a career despite hitting just .202 with a .679 OPS in 82 games for the Yankees last season, but the former slugger has gone into coaching.

Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Hafner has joined the coaching staff at Notre Dame College–which is not to be confused with the University of Notre Dame–and will be a volunteer assistant coach for the Division II team. Notre Dame College’s head coach is Len Barker, who spent 11 seasons in the majors as a starting pitcher and threw a perfect game in 1981.

However, Hafner made it clear that he’s still hoping to sign with a team and continue playing at age 37: “I’m working out every day, getting ready for the upcoming season. The body and swing feel good.”

  1. pisano - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Maybe HE hasn’t called it a career, but ML teams have done it for him.

  2. karlkolchak - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    His swing feels good…until it tries to make contact with live pitching.

    Bada BOOM!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Is he In the BSOHL?

  4. charminultra - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    That picture was taken at opening day last season in Cleveland where we gave him a standing ovation when they were announcing line-ups for the game. He batted cleanup if I recall correctly, and upon his first plate appearance of the season we booed him loud enough for him to hit a homerun.

    I always enjoyed watching Pronk crush the ball out of The Jake, when healthy of course. I sincerely hope he can catch on with a major league team, and if he does, he doesn’t hurt himself picking his nose again.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Best off checking if he has any years of eligibility left.

  6. burm61 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Indians should sign him and see who can be the old man bench warmer between him and Giambi since our FO seems disinterested in making moves this off season.

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