Friday, July 07, 2006

Pronk Rocks!

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, aka, Pronk, became the first player in major league history to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break when he connected in the second inning against Baltimore on Friday night.

Lou Gehrig (1934), Sid Gordon (1950), Gentile (1961) and Jim Northrup (1968) all hit four grand slams before the All-Star break.

Hafner homered off Kris Benson to give the Indians a 6-0 lead. It also broke the club record for grand slams in a season that Hafner shared with Al Rosen, who hit four in 1951.

The 29-year-old Hafner is the fourth player to hit five grand slams in a season. Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees set the major league record with six in 1987. Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles (1961) and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs (1955) both hit five.

Hafner was not selected to play in next week's All-Star game in Pittsburgh despite hitting .318 with 25 homers and 74 RBI.

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