Re: Can Hatteberg win the batting title?
Looking at his career stats, I am shocked he's a .270 career hitter and has never hit over .300 in a season. He's always had a high OPS (much more important IMO) and OBP but his career batting numbers are surprisingly low for a player that is the perfect example of a professional hitter. He always works the count and has a quality at-bat. Just shocked that this will be the first year (hopefully) that he ever hits .300.
And to answer the question, no, I don't think he can win the batting title. He has probably hit his peak at .330 and will finish the season somewhere in the .310 range. Hopefully I'm wrong and he hits .340 and Freddy Sanchez continues his second half slide (except when the Pirates are busy sweeping the Cards, of course).