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Postby sinicalypse » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:05 am

welp, as a hafner owner in a bunch of leagues, i'm midlly concerned that he's sitting at around .260/0/6 with 8 runs for the season. last year he had a .303/4/14 campaign in april, then a .314/3/23 in may, .308/2/12 in june, then he started hitting 7-8 HRs per month and got to about .300/28/109 to end the year.

thus far tho, with another 0-4 tonight, hafner has been murder to those of us who hda him as an offensive cog at 1B. i didnt expect him to pull out a .330/40/130 season, but i figured he'd be a dang solid bat to have at 1B and essentially give me good enough production there to not worry about it.

but i'm getting worried that he has a nagging injury or something... cuz last sept he missed games near the end, and after his red hot july and august, he was something like .300/4/11 in september before missign most of the last week or two with some injury.

does anyone here in cleveland or with a MLB season ticket TV thingy get a chance to watch him daily and see whats wrong? is this merely just a big prolonged slump that he'll bust out of akin to mark teixeira last year, or is this a sign that the so-called pronk might have been overrated coming out of last year, or he's just having a horrible "sophpmore slump" (even tho its not his 2nd year, its his 2nd year as the man in a lineup)

the only somewhat comforting stat is thus far he's got 6 doubles, and if you take that and do a little ratio math, he's on pace for about 40 doubles, and he had 41 last year.

so am i just paranoid and impatient, or am i on to something here?
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Postby tomkatt » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:09 am

The entire Indians' TEAM seems to be struggling at the plate. I think he will come around for ya.
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Postby bleach168 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:11 am

He showed up to spring training 15 lbs lighter claiming it was due to his new vegetable diet <coughnoroidscough>.
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Postby RynMan » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:02 am

May 12 @ 9:27pm.
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Postby nikku88 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:04 am

RynMan wrote:May 12 @ 9:27pm.


Are you crazy? Don't be so impatient. let's wait until at least 10pm. ;-)
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Postby bd3521 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:04 am

I traded him for Vasquez.. You should do the same.
His DH only elig. also blows
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Postby slomo007 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:05 am

bleach168 wrote:He showed up to spring training 15 lbs lighter claiming it was due to his new vegetable diet <coughnoroidscough>.



I remember that as well, and I am suspcious as well. :-?
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Postby orange12 » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:07 am

Hafner's not in a very good lineup right now. Outside of Crisp and Belliard, most of Cleveland is hitting under .250 including other breakouts from last year like Victor Martinez (.221), Casey Blake(.218), and Ben Broussard(.214). And that's not taking into account the horrendous year Boone is having so far. I would say hang on to Hafner on the basis that he's still showing a good ability to get on base (.384 obp) and once the other guys pick up, the runs and rbis will come.
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Postby -Slap- » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:24 am

I'm hoping to see him hit the waiver wire soon. The timing of the Mench deserters couldn't have been better.
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Postby thehat » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:33 am

The absence of power is a bit troubling, but overall I wouldn't be overly concerned yet. He struggled out of the gate in his rookie year as well, and didn't get rolling till June.

To be honest, I think Hafner got a bit overrated off last season, in that he still isn't much of a threat vs. lefties. But there are 25-30 HR still to come from that bat this season, and a BA in the .280-.300 range as well.
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