CLEVELAND — When the Cleveland Indians return home on Monday, they’ll be greeted by a familiar face.
On Thursday, the team announced that former Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday afternoon. Cleveland will begin its best-of-five series with the Houston Astros on Friday at 2:05 p.m. ET, with Game 2 taking place on Saturday at 4:37 p.m. ET.
One of the most prolific power hitters in Indians history, the left-handed Hafner spent 10 of his 12 major league seasons in Cleveland from 2003-2012. Over the course of that decade, he appeared in 1,078 games, hitting for a .278 average, 200 home runs and 688 runs batted in.
Nicknamed “Pronk,” Hafner’s best season came in 2006, when he hit for a .308 average, 42 home runs and 117 RBIs to go along with American League-bests in slugging percentage (.659), OPS (1.097) and OPS+ (181). The year prior, he finished fifth in American League Most Valuable Player award voting, tallying a .305 batting average, 33 home runs and 108 RBIs.
Hafner’s 200 home runs and .509 slugging percentage each rank eighth in team history.
First pitch at Progressive Field on Monday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET. Game 4 — if necessary — will take place in Cleveland on Tuesday at 4:35 p.m. ET, with former Indians outfielder/designated hitter Ellis Burks scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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