Before he played first base for the Oakland A’s and way before he was portrayed by Chris Pratt Scott Hatteberg played for the Boston Red Sox. Born December 14, 1969 Hatteberg grew up in Salem Oregon playing Little League, Pony League, and American Legion while graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1988.
Like many MLB players he was a standou t from a young age, making captain hos senior year while batting .570 with seven homers. After high school he went on to be a star at Washington State University where he made captain of the team as a catcher.
His rise to the MLB was a matter of time, Hatteberg was drafted as the third pick by the Sox in 1991 and made is MLB debut in 1995 at the age of 25. By 1997 Hatteberg became a regular in the Sox lineup, batting .277 that year with 10 homers. He spent half his career in Boston, compiling a .267 batting average while smacking 34 homers though it wouldn’t be till he went to Oakland that he became a standout player. You can see his full stats here:
Hatteberg’s best seasons came in 1997-1998 where he batted a combined .276 while hitting 22 homers. During his time in Boston Hatteberg split time behind the plate with fellow catcher Jason Varitek, however once it became clear that Tek had the more desired skillset for the BoSox, Boston let Hatteberg walk after 2001 and opted to go with Tek as the full time backstop.
Oakland, sensing greatness, picked up Hatteberg to a one-year deal as a first baseman rather than a catcher and were vindicated when he hit .280 with 15 homers in 2002 and was promptly extended a bigger contract. Hatteberg left the struggling Sox for a powerhouse team in Oakland that made it to the playoffs twice during his tenure. In four seasons in Oakland he batted .269 with 49 homers, including this one which was pivotal in maintaining Oakland’s 20th straight win:
In February of 2006 the Cincinnati Reds picked up Hatteberg as a backup to Adam Dunn, however he quickly became a started and ended up batting .289 that season over 141 games. Hatteberg played three seasons with the Reds and had some of his best years at the plate leaving Cincinnati with a .291 average and 23 homers. After his time with the Reds ended Hatteberg retired at the age of 38 and currently serves as a special assistant of baseball operations for the Oakland A’s and often appears on their broadcasts as an analyst.