Who is Scott Hatteberg?
Scott Hatteberg is a former baseball player from the United States. Scott Hatteberg’s character was portrayed in the Brad Pitt starrer ‘Moneyball.’ Scott has had a lot of exposure in both baseball and Hollywood.
Scott was once a member of the Oakland Athletics. He also played Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds (MLB).
Scott Hatteberg was born on December 14, 1969, in Salem, Polk County, Oregon, United States of America.
There is no information about his parents or siblings accessible.
When he was younger, he used to play Little League in Salem, Oregon.
In the same way, he played little league in Canby, Oregon.
In Yakima, Washington, he also participated in Pony League and American Legion baseball.
In Yakima, Washington, the Salem native attended Eisenhower High School.
In 1988, he graduated from high school. He was also the baseball team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in high school.
In addition, during his senior year, he served as team captain. Hatteberg has a track record of hitting the target. While in high school, he hit.570 with seven home runs.
Facts of Scott Hatteberg
|Full Name||Scott Allen Hatteberg|
|Known As||Scott Hatteberg|
|Current Residence||Gig Harbor, Washington, United States|
|Birth Date||December 14, 1969|
|Birth Place||Salem, Polk County, Oregon, United States|
|Age||52 Years Old|
|Education||Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Washington
Washington State University
|Father’s Name||Not Known|
|Mother’s Name||Not Known|
|Height||6 feet (182.88 cm)|
|Weight||96 kg (211 lbs)|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Spouse||Elizabeth Hatteberg, also known as Bitsy|
|Children’s name||Lauren Hatteberg, Sophia Hatteberg, and Ella Hatteberg|
|Position||First baseman / Catcher|
|Affiliations||Major League Baseball (MLB)|
|MLB Debut||September 8, 1995|
|Last MLB Appearance||May 25, 2008|
|Former Teams||Boston Red Sox
|Net Worth||$10 million|
|Social Media Handle||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||April 2022|
Scott Hatteberg’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million. The former MLB player earned some money in his baseball career.
He lives a decent life with his wife and three children in Gig Harbor, Washington, United States.
College Baseball Career
Scott Hatteberg attended Pullman, Washington’s Washington State University. In 1989, he was accepted into the university.
He was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference’s Washington State Cougars baseball team. All three years, Hatteberg helped the Cougars win the Pacific-10 North Division.
He was also the baseball team captain for the Washington State Cougars. In addition, he received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1991.
Aaron Sele, a potential major league pitcher, was Hatteberg’s batterymate. He was the catcher, while Sele handled the pitching duties.
In addition, in 1989 and 1990, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Alaska Baseball League. He was also a member of the Washington state fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho.
International Baseball Career
At the 1990 Goodwill Games, Hatteberg was a member of the United States national baseball team. In the tournament against the Mexican national baseball team, he hit a home run.
He also participated in the 1990 Baseball World Cup for the United States national baseball team. For Team USA, he had a.292/.346/.417 batting line.
Professional Baseball Career
On September 19, 1995, Hatteberg made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut.
The Boston Red Sox
Hatteberg was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the June 1991 draft. He was selected third overall in the draft. His choice was a cross between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals.
In fact, he was signed by the Red Sox as part of the Kansas City Royals’ compensation package for signing Type A free agent Mike Boddicker.
In 1995, Hatteberg made his Red Sox debut. He hit 34 home runs and batted .267 in seven seasons from 1995 to 2001.
Moreover, he became the only player in MLB history to hit into a triple play and hit a grand slam in his next at-bat against the Texas Rangers. Hatteberg made that record on August 6, 2001.
In fact, the bat used by Hatteberg for his game against the Texas Rangers is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
He had a nerve injury in his elbow during his last season with the Boston Red Sox. The injury was so severe that he had to undergo surgery.
In fact, he had to relearn how to throw and hold a baseball after the surgery, owing to the physical alterations. The period must have been very hard for Hatteberg as his career as a baseball catcher was in danger.
He was then traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Pokey Reese. However, the Colorado Rockies denied the salary arbitration two days later.
Oakland Athletics (A’s)
The Oakland Athletics signed Hatteberg to a one-year contract with a $950,000 base salary plus incentives. The deal happened the day after the Rockies declined to offer salary arbitration to Hatteberg.
Further, he was offered to play first base considering the throwing difficulty he might face because of injury.
Hatteberg contributed to Oakland Athletics’ reach to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003. He hit 49 home runs and batted. 269 from 2002 to 2005. Further, he drove in 263 runs and had an on-base percentage.
Moreover, his best performance with the Oakland Athletics happened in 2004 when he hit .287, scored 87 runs, hit 15 home runs, drove in 82 runs, and had an on-base percentage of 367.
The Movie ‘Moneyball’
Moneyball has included the chapter on Hatteberg’s conversion from catcher to the first baseman in the Oakland Athletics.
The story in the chapter flows this way. Oakland General Manager Billy Beane openly admits how the team had pursued Scott to transition from catcher to the first baseman.
The effort was made because of Hatterberg’s high on-base percentage. In fact, the determining factor was guided by the Oakland Athletics’ based on runs achieved.
Further, Billy Beane said that it was one of the most affordable skills for small-market clubs like the Oakland Athletics. Infield coach Ron Washington trained Hatteberg for the new position.
Hatteberg’s character has an important story to tell in the movie. The movie features big celebrities like Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill as well.
An actor named Chris Patt has portrayed Hatteberg’s character in the 2011 film Moneyball.
The Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds signed Hatteberg to a one-year contract worth $750,000 on February 12, 2006. He was supposed to give the Cincinnati Reds team flexibility at first base, backing up Adam Dunn.
However, the Cincinnati Reds later traded their Outfield, Wily Mo Pena, to the Red Sox. Then, Adam Dunn had to move back to the outfield.
Hence, Scott was the one left at first base, expected to improve the Reds’ defense.
The Salem native recorded his 1,000th career hit on August 8, 2006, against Jason Marquis of the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
He further went 3-for-5 in this game. He also increased his batting average to 323.
Hatteberg was placed at pinch-hitting during the first week of the 2008 season. Joey Votto, a newbie, replaced Hatteberg at first base.
Hatteberg was not very much familiar with pinch-hitting. Moreover, he admitted that pinch-hitting was a role that he did not feel comfortable fulfilling.
Nonetheless, he had recorded his remarkable 20-game winning streak for Oakland as a pinch-hitter. The historical record was achieved on September 4, 2020.
Further, he was asked to make room on the roster for top prospect Jay Bruce on May 27, 2008. The club officially released Scott Hattenberg on June 4, 2008.
Scott is yet known as one of the greatest players in history with analytical moves. As a matter of fact, Hatteberg’s baseball bat, which he used during the 2001 world record, is kept in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Apparently, it is a gesture of appreciation for his glorious strike. Therefore, Hatteberg has been carved in history’s memory lane as an inspiration to the coming generations.
During his career, Hatteberg has maintained a batting average of .273, with 106 home runs and 527 bats.
Life After Retirement
Hatteberg currently serves as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations for the Oakland Athletics. He does the job of an instructor at times in the A’s. But mostly, his work revolves around scouting.
He has done scouting on both pro and amateur sides. He checks the guys eligible for the top spots and then makes reports on them.
In fact, he loves scouting. The whole concept of finding the right person for the right position and then evaluating their place in the next five years appeals to Hatteberg.
Further, the MBL veteran player worked as a substitute for Ray Fosse as the Oakland Athletic’s color commentator on TV broadcasts for several games in 2012 and 2013.
Wife and Children
Scott Hatteberg is married to Elizabeth Hatteberg, also known as Bitsy. She was also a part of the Moneyball book and cinema. An actor named Tammy Blanchard has portrayed her character in the movie.
The couple has three children: Lauren Hatteberg, Sophia Hatteberg, and Ella Hatteberg.
Bitsy is from Tacoma, Washington, United States. The couple first met in their college, Washington State University.
Social Media Presence
You can follow the former MLB player via these hashtags.
Facebook Hashtag: #ScottHatteberg
Instagram Hashtag: #scotthatteberg
Twitter Hashtag: #ScottHatteberg