Travis Hafner is alive and well. The life of his bat, on the other hand, is up for debate. Nonetheless, today brings us the memorial of “Pronk,” the once-embraced nickname of our once-powerful designated hitter. Vince Grzegorek provides the obituary.
Pronk, the devastating power hitter and grizzled alter-ego of Indians DH Travis Hafner, and the force behind some of baseball’s most prolific offense between 2004 to 2006, died over the weekend. He was seven years old.
Pronk had been in declining health for some time…
Obviously, some have given up on Hafner – and for good reason. Truthfully, his regression is alarming. His inability to hit righties (.197/.309/.350) is inexcusable. I’m in the camp that keeps saying “he can’t be this bad forever, can he?” The unfortunate part is that this camp is slowly depleting with every poor game out of the now-injured Hafner.