Moneyball

Scott Hatteberg Character Analysis

Catcher and first-baseman for the Oakland A’s. Despite the fact that he suffered an accident that leaves him virtually unable to throw the ball, the A’s sign him prior to the 2002 season for his skill at drawing walks and getting on base, and play him for much of the season at first base.

Scott Hatteberg Quotes in Moneyball

The Moneyball quotes below are all either spoken by Scott Hatteberg or refer to Scott Hatteberg. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Billy Beane wanted him to hit. Hatteberg told his agent to cut a deal with Oakland: one year with a club option for a second with a base salary of $950,000 plus a few incentive clauses. The moment he signed it, a few days after Christmas, he had a call from Billy Beane, who said how pleased he was to have him in the lineup.
And, oh yes, he'd be playing first base.

Related Characters: Billy Beane, Scott Hatteberg
Page Number: 163
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By late l996 he was in the big leagues for good. Once he arrived however, he faced another challenge: the idiocy of the Boston Red Sox. His cultivated approach to hitting—his thoughtfulness, his patience, his need for his decisions to be informed rather than reckless—was regarded by the Boston Red Sox as a deficiency. The Red Sox encouraged their players' mystical streaks. They brought into the clubhouse a parade of shrinks and motivational speakers to teach the players to harness their aggression. Be men!

Related Characters: Scott Hatteberg
Page Number: 171
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Scott Hatteberg Character Timeline in Moneyball

The timeline below shows where the character Scott Hatteberg appears in Moneyball. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Giambi’s Hole
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After the game, Scott Hatteberg walks into the clubhouse and asks to see the videotape of the game. Hatteberg is... (full context)
Chapter 8: Scott Hatteberg, Pickin’ Machine
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The catcher Scott Hatteberg’s “right hand still felt like it belonged to someone else.” After a bad accident, he... (full context)
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With the Oakland A’s, Hatteberg worked with the infield coach, Ron Washington. Washington spent six weeks practicing with Hatteberg in... (full context)
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...minor leagues. Beane also traded Jeremy Giambi for a lackluster player, John Mabry. Afterwards, Scott Hatteberg became the starting first baseman for the A’s. He struggled with his new position; slowly,... (full context)
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What Hatteberg didn’t realize was that he’d only been acquired by the Oakland A’s because of his... (full context)
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Hatteberg had always had an odd career as a ballplayer. He’d been underweight throughout high school,... (full context)
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In 1996, Hatteberg was in the big leagues for good; however, on the hyper-macho Red Sox, his greatest... (full context)
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One day in 2002, in the middle of a game with the Seattle Mariners, Hatteberg sits in the video room with Dan Feinstein, studying live footage of the game. Hatteberg... (full context)
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John Mabry walks into the room, and Hatteberg greets him. Michael Lewis notes that, for a nice stretch after the A’s acquired him,... (full context)
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Mabry and Hatteberg watch the footage of Moyer, and agree that Moyer can’t throw fast but knows how... (full context)
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Hatteberg goes out to hit against Moyer; in the end, he gets the only run of... (full context)
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Hatteberg finishes the season ranked first in the American League for not swinging at first pitches.... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Human Element
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...few minutes later, at the bottom of the ninth, it’s 11-11. Art Howe puts Scott Hatteberg in the game as a pinch-hitter. Hatteberg, disciplined as ever, tells himself he won’t swing... (full context)