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Scott Hatteberg | First Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (44) / 12/14/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Washington State
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Reds released first baseman Scott Hatteberg.
Designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Jay Bruce, Hatteberg would be a good fit as a platoon starter or bench bat on a number of teams. The Mariners were said to be interested a few days ago and could partner him with Richie Sexson at first base. Thu, Jun 5, 2008 12:14:00 PM

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The Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are "actively pursuing" Scott Hatteberg.

He'd be a good fit in Seattle, where Richie Sexson was benched Wednesday for the second straight game so that Miguel Cairo and his .671 career OPS could start at first base. A Hatteberg-Sexson platoon has the potential to be plenty productive.
Thu, May 29, 2008 10:05:00 AM

Reds designated first baseman Scott Hatteberg for assignment.

If Hatteberg wasn't happy about his role as a pinch-hitter and was making it well known in the clubhouse, then, yeah, he had to go. However, the Reds still should have dropped Corey Patterson as well, if only to keep Dusty Baker from being tempted to go back to him the first time Jay Bruce has a couple of hitless days in a row. They could have made both moves and called up Andy Phillips. Hatteberg is due right around $1.25 million over the rest of the season, so he should prove to be tradeable. The A's may consider bringing him back with Daric Barton slumping, and the White Sox, Indians, Blue Jays, Mets, Rangers and Mariners could all use another professional hitter.
Tue, May 27, 2008 06:12:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the team has designated Scott Hatteberg for assignment.

The move will be made to make room for Jay Bruce. Hatteberg has struggled in a pinch-hitting role this season, and he's currently hitting just .173. Still, he's a fine hitter and there should be interest in his services. The team was apparently unable to separate Dusty Baker and Corey Patterson.
Tue, May 27, 2008 03:11:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds may designate Scott Hatteberg for assignment Tuesday to make room on the roster for Jay Bruce.

Hatteberg lost his starting job to Joey Votto and has complained about pinch-hitting duties, but he's still among the team's better hitters.
Tue, May 27, 2008 09:57:00 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Scott Hatteberg "would welcome a trade" after losing his starting job to Joey Votto.

Hatteberg is 0-for-7 as a pinch-hitter and said that his patient approach at the plate makes him ill suited for the job. General manager Walt Jocketty said Sunday that he hasn't talked to any teams about Hatteberg.
Mon, Apr 28, 2008 09:51:00 AM

Scott Hatteberg is 0-for-8 this season after going hitless in his second start in three games on Thursday.

Since the Reds declined to keep a right-handed hitter to help out at first base, Hatteberg got the nod against left-hander Doug Davis today. Once Alex Gonzalez comes back, Jeff Keppinger figures to play first base versus lefties. The Reds face righties each of the next three days. Joey Votto figures to start at least one and perhaps two of the games.
Thu, Apr 3, 2008 03:40:00 PM

Scott Hatteberg went 0-for-4 after getting the nod over Joey Votto at first base on Monday.

None of the Reds' hitters had much luck against Brandon Webb. Still, perhaps Hatteberg's hitless day will result in Votto being inserted into the lineup on Wednesday. The Reds probably will go with the hot hand for now.
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 06:02:00 PM

Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed Saturday that Scott Hatteberg would be in the team's Opening Day lineup over Joey Votto.

Versus right-hander Brandon Webb, the Reds will use a lineup of: CF Corey Patterson, SS Jeff Keppinger, RF Ken Griffey Jr., 2B Brandon Phillips, LF Adam Dunn, 3B Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Hatteberg and C Javier Valentin.
Sun, Mar 30, 2008 03:41:00 PM

The Reds are likely to give Scott Hatteberg the nod over Joey Votto in the Opening Day lineup.

Typical. "(The starting first baseman) is whoever's playing that day. Joey Votto has a great upside," manager Dusty Baker said. "But Hatteberg had a great spring. We'll go with matchups. (The seven spot) is an important spot in the lineup." Says the guy who thinks Corey Patterson is a worthy leadoff man.
Sun, Mar 30, 2008 01:09:00 PM

Scott Hatteberg came off the bench to go 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the Reds' 8-4 defeat of the Rays on Saturday.

Hatteberg moved to .386/.462/.526 in 57 spring at-bats, while Joey Votto is at .206/.296/.333 in 63 at-bats. Even with the disparity, Votto could start on Opening Day. If that's the way it works out, Dusty Baker would definitely deserve some credit.
Sat, Mar 29, 2008 04:35:00 PM

Scott Hatteberg went 3-for-3 with a double on Saturday as the Reds topped a Braves split-squad 13-8.

Hatteberg is 8-for-19 with a 0/4 K/BB ratio, while Joey Votto is 3-for-17 with a 2/3 K/BB ratio. Given Dusty Baker's obvious preference for veterans and his distaste for strikeouts, it's easy to see Hatteberg in the lead for the first-base job at this point.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008 04:18:00 PM

Scott Hatteberg came off the bench Saturday after missing three games with the flu.

Hatteberg had an RBI single and a walk in his three plate appearances.
Sat, Mar 1, 2008 09:41:00 PM

Reds exercised first baseman Scott Hatteberg's $1.65 million club option for 2008.

Even before an oblique injury wrecked Hatteberg's September, Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin seemed to prefer Joey Votto at first base. We would have been more in favor of keeping Hatteberg around had Mackanin held on to the job, as new manager Dusty Baker rarely misses out on a chance to play a veteran over a kid. It's not like Hatteberg is completely unworthy. He actually bested his career high in OPS by 40 points last season, finishing at .310/.394/.474. Both Hatteberg and Votto are left-handed hitters, so a platoon wouldn't work. Ideally, Votto would be penciled in for 500 at-bats and Hatteberg would have to settle for being one of the game's top pinch-hitters. However, it probably won't work out that way.
Wed, Oct 31, 2007 04:58:00 PM

Scott Hatteberg, who has been bothered by an oblique strain, took batting practice and is available to pinch-hit.

Hatteberg will mostly be used as just a pinch-hitter the remainder of the season. The Reds are very interested at seeing what prospect Joey Votto can do at first base.
Fri, Sep 21, 2007 10:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
2Jake Elmore
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
4Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Daniel Corcino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Logan Ondrusek
6Pedro Villarreal
7Trevor Bell
8Sean Marshall
9Carlos Contreras
10Ryan Dennick
11JJ Hoover