Travis Hafner Coaching at Notre Dame College

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Travis Hafner, who jacked homers at Progressive Field as a member of the Cleveland Indians, hopes to help Notre Dame College hitters do the same at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.

He has joined former Indian Len Barkers staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Hafner will work with the hitters, which is a natural fit.

“We’re very excited to have Travis on board,” Barker said in a release from the school. “He’ll be a big part of what we’re trying to do here, and that’s win a conference championship.”

Hafner, 36, intends to continue playing. He batted .202 with 12 homers in 82 games for the Yankees last season, his 12th in the majors. He is a free agent. If he is signed by a team, he will have the opportunity to pursue that goal.

Hafner began his career with the Texas Rangers in 2002, then was traded to the Indians in that off-season. He called Progressive Field home for 10 seasons, batting .278 with 200 homers in 1,078 games. Hafner is a career .273 hitter with 213 homers and 731 RBI.

This year marks the first for the Falcons in the Mountain East Conference, and their second as an NCAA-II institution.

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