Scott Hatteberg is an American former professional baseball player who played as a first baseman and catcher. During his thirteen years long ‘MLB’ career, he played for the ‘Boston Red Sox’, ‘Oakland Athletics’, and ‘Cincinnati Reds’. Born in Salem, Oregon, he was interested in baseball from his childhood and played in the ‘Little League’ in his native city. After graduating from Eisenhower High School, Yakima, where he was also lettered in football, he attended Washington State University, where he played for the ‘Cougars.’ After playing in the ‘1990 Baseball World Cup’ for ‘Team USA’, he was selected by ‘Boston Red Sox’ in the 1991 June draft and made his MLB debut in 1995. After playing with them for seven seasons and setting up a world record, he dropped out due to his elbow injury which ended his career as a catcher. He was then signed by ‘Oakland Athletics’ as a first baseman and set an ‘American League’ record before moving to ‘Cincinnati Reds’ from where he was released in 2008. He is also a guitar player and a fly fisherman. He is married with three children.
Childhood & Early Life
Scott Hatteberg was born on December 14, 1969, in Salem, Oregon. He loved playing baseball since his childhood and played in the ‘Little League’ first in his native city Salem, Oregon, and then in Canby, Oregon.
He then shifted to Yakima, Washington, where he attended Eisenhower High School and played in the ‘Pony League’ and ‘American Legion Baseball’. He was the Most Valuable Player of his high school baseball team and was also lettered in football.
During his high school senior year, he became the baseball team’s captain and hit .570 with seven home runs before graduating in 1988.
In 1989, he attended Washington State University where he played for the ‘Washington State Cougars’ in the ‘Pacific-10 Conference’ and led his team to wins in all the three years (1989-91). During his final year, he became the Cougars’ captain and the MVP.
He was also a member of ‘Alpha Gamma Rho’ fraternity and played collegiate summer baseball in the ‘Alaska Baseball League’ in 1989 and 1990.
He became a member of the United States national baseball team at the ‘1990 Goodwill Games’ and hit a home run against the Mexican national baseball team. In the ‘1990 Baseball World Cup,’ he played for Team USA and hit .292/.346/.417.
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Scott Hatteberg was the third player picked by the ‘Boston Red Sox’ in the 1991 June draft. He was selected in a sandwich pick as a compensation from ‘Kansas City Royals’ who had signed free agent Mike Boddicker.
In 1995, he made his debut with ‘Red Sox’ and played with them till 2001 for seven seasons in which he hit 34 home runs and batted .267.
On August 6, 2001, he set a world record against the ‘Texas Rangers’ by becoming the only player in MLB history to hit into a triple play and a grand slam in his next at-bat. The bat he used is now kept at the ‘National Baseball Hall of Fame’ museum.
During his last season with ‘Red Sox’, he suffered an elbow injury by rupturing a nerve and underwent a surgery which severely affected his career as a catcher as he had to relearn how to throw and hold a baseball bat.
On December 19, 2001, due to his poor performance as a catcher, ‘Red Sox’ traded him to ‘Colorado Rockies.’ However, within two days, ‘Colorado Rockies’ declined to sign him due to undisclosed reasons and he became a free agent.
After he was released by the ‘Rockies’, he signed a one-year contract with ‘Oakland Athletics’ who offered him $950,000 as base salary plus incentives. He started to play first base due to his throwing difficulties which were featured in Michael Lewis' book ‘Moneyball’ and the 2011 film of the same name.
On September 4, 2002, he led ‘Oakland A's’ to a consecutive 20-game winning streak which set an ‘American League’ record. He also led them to get through to the MLB playoffs in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004, he scored 87 runs, hit 15 home runs, and drove in 82 runs with a scoring average of .287 and base percentage of .367, marking the best year of his career.
On February 12, 2006, he signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with ‘Cincinnati Reds’ with the position of the first baseman. On August 8, 2006, he hit the 1000th run of his career and increased his batting average to .323.
In the early 2008 season, he was replaced by Joey Votto as the first baseman and then relegated to pinch-hitting before finally being dropped out of ‘Reds’ on June 4, 2008, to make space for Jay Bruce.
After his retirement, he appeared as the ‘Oakland A's’ color commentator, substituting Ray Fosse on TV broadcasts of several games, in the 2012-13 season. He is currently serving as ‘Oakland A's’ Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.
Awards & Achievements
In 2001, Scott Hatteberg became the first player in MLB history to hit into a triple play and hit a grand slam in his next at-bat. The bat he used to achieve this feat is now kept in the ‘National Baseball Hall of Fame’ museum.
He won the ‘MLB Player of the Week Award’ twice (2003 and 2004) and led ‘Oakland A's’ to set an ‘American League’ record by winning 20 games consecutively.
He also won the ‘Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award’ from ‘Cincinnati Reds’ in 2007.
Family & Personal Life
Scott Hatteberg is currently residing in Gig Harbor, Washington, USA, with his wife Elizabeth. She is also known by the nickname ‘Bitsy’. He has three children with her, Lauren, Sophia, and Ella.
He is also a passionate fly fisherman and a self-taught guitar player.