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'Pronk' puts his game on notice

With two home runs Wednesday, Travis Hafner capped off a monster series against the White Sox and could very well have thrust himself into the AL MVP race.

Originally Published: September 21, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- We know that only Red Sox, Yankees and Vlad Guerrero are supposed to be allowed into MVP debates this time of year. But ...

If it's OK with the usual suspects, we need to shove a new name into the argument:

Presenting Travis Hafner, ladies and gentlemen.

We apologize if he doesn't wear pinstripes, doesn't create offseason mob scenes when he visits Disney World and wouldn't be recognized by about 9.8 billion Americans if he sat down next to them at lunch. But ...

This ...

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