Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Official : A's decline option on Scott Hatteberg

Missed this earlier on the A's website, but the official word is that Hatteberg's option has been declined.

Hatteberg is a class act and a team player, unfortunately he never seemed to get it going during the 2005 season and lost the 1B job to rookie Dan Johnson. He was well on his way to a great season in 2004 only to wear down and stagger during the last 2 months of the season.

2005 saw his OBP slip to 0.334, the lowest since 2001, his last year with the Red Sox. He failed to reach double digits in HR and hit few doubles, lowering his SLG to 0.343. The last time he had a sub 0.350 SLG was also in 2001 with the Red Sox.

I hope Hatteberg retires as a player and finds a good home with the A's or another team as a coach or possibly in the front office.


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