|Full Name||Scott Allen Hatteberg|
|Profession (s)||Baseball player, an avid fisherman|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 183 cm|
|in meters: 1.83 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft 1 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 96.2 kg|
|in pounds: 212 lbs|
|Date Of Birth||December 14, 1969|
|Day of Birth||Sunday|
|Place Of Birth||Salem, Oregon, United States|
|Children||Lauren, Sophia, and Ella|
|High School||Eisenhower HS (Yakima, WA)|
|Alma Mater||Washington State University (Pullman, WA)|
|Position||First baseman / Catcher|
|First Game||September 8, 1995 (Age 25-268d, 14,392nd in MLB history)
vs. NYY 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
|Last Game||May 25, 2008 (Age 38-163d)
vs. SDP 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
|Draft||Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round of the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft from Eisenhower HS (Yakima, WA) and the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (43rd) of the 1991 MLB June Amateur Draft from Washington State University (Pullman, WA).|
|Sports Career||June 1, 1988: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not sign.
June 3, 1991: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1991 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 1991.
December 19, 2001: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for Pokey Reese.
December 21, 2001: Granted Free Agency.
January 2, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
November 1, 2005: Granted Free Agency.
February 14, 2006: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
June 5, 2008: Released by the Cincinnati Reds
|MLB debut||August 8, 1995, for the Boston Red Sox
|Last MLB appearance||May 25, 2008, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|MLB statistics||Batting average: .273
Home runs: 106
Runs batted in: 527
|Awards and Honours||2003: Player of the Week Award
2004: Player of the Week Award
2007: Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award (Cincinnati Reds)
|Salary (Till now)||Base salary with the Boston Red Sox for the year 1997||$150,000|
|Base salary with the Boston Red Sox for the year 1998||$240,000|
|Base salary with the Boston Red Sox for the year 1999||$350,000|
|Base salary with the Boston Red Sox for the year 2000||$695,000|
|Base salary with the Boston Red Sox for the year 2001||$1,050,000|
|Base salary with the Oakland Athletics for the year 2002||$900,000|
|Base salary with the Oakland Athletics for the year 2003||$1,750,000|
|Base salary with the Oakland Athletics for the year 2004||$2,300,000|
|Base salary with the Oakland Athletics for the year 2005||$2,450,000|
|Base salary with the Cincinnati Reds for the year 2006||$750,000|
|Base salary with the Cincinnati Reds for the year 2007||$1,500,000|
|Base salary with the Cincinnati Reds for the year 2008||$1,850,000|
|Total worth||$10 million|
Lesser known facts about Scott Hatteberg
- Scott Hatteberg was born in Salem, the capital city of the United States’ state of Oregon.
- Since childhood, Scott Hatteberg was very much interested in sports and played in the Little League during his time in his native city as well as in the city of Canby in Oregon.
- To pursue his high school years, Scott Hatteberg moved out of Oregon and shifted his base to Washington. He also played in the Pony League and the American Legion Baseball in the city of Yakima in Washington during his early life before starting his professional career as a successful baseball player.
- Scott Hatteberg pursued his graduation from the Eisenhower High School in Yakima in the city of Washington in the year 1988.
- During his high school years, Scott Hatteberg was the most valuable player of the high school baseball as well as basketball teams. He also used to play well in his high school football team.
- Due to his good performances in his high school baseball team, Scott Hatteberg was the captain of the team during his senior year and had a good score run and average.
- After graduating from his high school, Scott Hatteberg went to attend the Washington State University in the batch 1989-1991.
- During his University years, Scott Hatteberg used to play for his university baseball team – Washington State Cougars Baseball (which was more commonly and popularly known as “the Cougars”).
- Scott Hatteberg, as a part of the Cougars, also played in the Pacific-10 Conference, also known as the Pac-10, during his three years at university. In all these three years, the Pac-10 North was won by the Cougars.
- Scott Hatteberg was even the captain of the Cougars in his final year (1991) at the University. During these years, Scott Hatteberg was battery mate with Aaron Helmer Sele with him being the catcher and Aaron being the pitcher. Eventually, both these players went on to play the Major League Baseball in future!
- Scott Hatteberg also played the collegiate summer baseball in the ABL (Alaska Baseball League) during first two consecutive years at his University (1989 and 1990).
- Scott Hatteberg was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, also commonly known as the AGR fraternity during his stay at the University.
- Scott Hatteberg was also a member of the United States national baseball team during the 1990 Goodwill Games held at the city of Seattle in the United States where he performed exceptionally well, especially in the game against the Mexican national baseball team. This event made him a star and kick-started his professional baseball career.
- Scott Hatteberg also played for United States national baseball team in the 1990 Baseball World Cup and set up great scores and playing average by hitting .292/.346/.417.
- Scott Hatteberg started his Majors professional baseball career with the Boston Red Sox in the year 1995 after playing for them in the 1991 draft as well.
- Scott Hatteberg played seven seasons of Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox from the year 1995 to 2001 and became a household name and one of the most sought-after baseball players.
- Scott Hatteberg set up a world record in 2001 when he hit into the triple play and then in his next at-ball hit a grand slam against the Texan Rangers and became the only baseball player in the history of Major League Baseball to do so.
- Scott Hatteberg bat with which he created the 2001 world record is kept in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for commemorating his glorious strike and hold it as a token of appreciation for his great career landmark which made him immortal in the history of baseball and an inspiration to the coming generations.
- However, Scott Hatteberg’s glorious career hit a bump when he ruptured an elbow nerve while playing a match during his last season in the Boston Red Sox. To treat this elbow injury, he went under the knife got surgically operated.
- Following his elbow surgery, Scott Hatteberg lost control over his previous technique of throwing the ball and even holding the baseball bat as it put pressure on his elbow. He was forced to adopt more simple techniques of throwing and holding which were easy on his elbow.
- Due to the changes he made in his techniques, Scott Hatteberg was unable to perform like he used to do in the past. This declined his performances as a catcher and was ultimately shown a way out from the Boston Red Sox.
- After the Boston Red Sox laid Scott Hatteberg out from their team, he was initially offered a contract by the Colorado Rockies but within two days, due to undisclosed reasons, they refused to sign him.
- Scott Hatteberg was then finally signed by the Oakland Athletics for a one-year contract but even there he was facing a lot of difficulties while throwing the ball. So, he was asked to leave his role as a catcher and instead become a first baseman in the team.
- There is a book, named Moneyball, written by Michael Lewis, on the subject of the transformation of Scott Hatteberg from a catcher to a first baseman with the help of that time’s infield coach Ron Washington, as narrated by the then general manager of the Oakland Athletics team, Billy Beane. This book was even adapted into a movie later in 2011 with the same name and the role of Scott Hatteberg was portrayed by actor Chris Pratt.
- As his new role as the first baseman, Scott Hatteberg’s turning point came when he led to his team to a consecutive 20-game winning streak and set an American league record which only broken after fifteen years in 2017 by the Cleveland Indian who won consecutive 22 games.
- Scott Hatteberg gradually gained pace and confidence in his game again and continued to make the Oakland Athletics perform well in every league they played. In 2002 and 2003, he helped his team to get through to the playoffs of the Major League Baseball.
- During his stint in the Oakland Athletics, his best performing year was in 2004 in which he made a score of 87 runs, hit a scoring average of .287, 15 home runs, 82 drove in runs and base percentage of .367.
- In 2006, Scott Hatteberg was traded off from the Oakland Athletics to the Cincinnati Reds at the same position of the first baseman after he signed a one-year contract with them.
- In the same year he joined the Cincinnati Reds, Scott Hatteberg hit the 1000th hit of his career and increased his batting average to .323 while playing at the Great American Ball Park against Jason Marquis (from the St. Louis Cardinals).
- Scott Hatteberg went on to play for the Cincinnati Reds for two straight years during which his performance gradually started to decline and finally in 2008, he was replaced by Joey Votto as the first baseman and he was forced to take up the role of pinch hitter before finally being dropped out of the team shortly after this to make space for Jay Bruce in the team. After this incident, Scott Hatteberg announced his retirement from his professional baseball playing career in 2008.
- In his playing career, he played in a total of fourteen seasons of big leagues including the Major League Baseball, which is quite an achievement for any baseball player, and to the one with severe hand or elbow injury such as his.
- Scott Hatteberg is remembered for his strikes, catches and his ever-improving performances as a first baseman even after suffering severe nerve injuries and losing control of his old techniques of throwing balls and holding baseball bats. He is an inspiration of all the young baseball aspirant players.
- Since his retirement, Scott Hatteberg is till date serving as the role of a special personal assistant to the Baseball Operations general manager of the second major team he played in during his professional playing career, the Oakland Athletics, and his dear friend Billy Beane.
- For two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, Scott Hatteberg also substituted Ray Fosse to serve as the color analyst and commentator for the television broadcasts of the Oakland Athletics’ games for many games.
- After sports, Scott Hatteberg also enjoys fishing and is a passionate fly fisherman.
- Scott Hatteberg is also a self-learned guitarist and playing guitar is one of his favorite hobbies and pastime amusements.
- Scott Hatteberg’s personal life has been very stable and he enjoys a happily married status with his small family comprising of his wife and three children residing in Gig Harbor in the city of Washington in the United States since a decade after his retirement.
- Scott Hatteberg’s wife, Elizabeth Hatteberg, commonly known by her nickname – Bitsy, also made a short appearance in the movie, Moneyball, whose plot was based on her husband’s successful strike during his baseball playing stint with the Oakland Athletics.