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Francona 'Knew' Hafner Would Develop

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Jerry Beach of Diehard Magazine, the Boston Red Sox version of Indians Ink, is covering the Indians' series at Fenway Park this week. Before Tuesday's game, he was there as Red Sox manager Terry Francona assessed the development of Cleveland's Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore as hitters. Francona eagerly talked about Hafner, but was reticent to say much about Sizemore until the Tribe leaves town.

Francona was an assistant to Indians general manager Mark Shapiro in 2001, then became the Texas Rangers' bench coach in 2002 when Hafner made his big-league debut. "He got called up the year I was there working with him in spring training a little bit at first base," Francona recalled. "A real nice kid at... Recommended Stories

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