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    Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    At the beginning of the season, Krivsky and Narron took a lot of heat--some from myself--for making Hatteberg the everyday first baseman, rather than moving Dunn or playing Aurilia there. But as the season has unfolded, I think Scott has proven that he does indeed deserve the first base job, and is actually the type of player many of us had asked the Reds to acquire to replace Sean Casey and his monstrous salary.

    Consider, he's putting up offensive numbers better than all but two of Casey's seasons here. His current .900 OPS is over 100 points higher than Casey's last year, he's on pace to finish with more home runs and an equal batting average to 2005 Casey, is getting on base more frequently, and has played all-around superior defense. But the real killer is this: $7,750,000. That's how much MORE Casey is beling paid to ply his trade in Pittsburgh than hatteberg is in Cincinnati. That's almost unfathomable. (Granted, the Reds are picking up part of Casey's salary, but the point remains.)

    Since 2004, many Reds fans opined that Casey's talents could be replaced at a mere fraction of the cost of his salary. And the Reds have, essentially, done that and more. I know that some on this board are waiting for the floor to collapse under Hatteberg's shoes, but I think that--nearly 4 months into the season--we can start to assume that he is, in fact, having the best offensive season of his career. And, in doing so, he has become that player that so many of us knew the reds could acquire to replace Casey.

    At the beginning of the season, who'd have thought that Hatteberg and Aurilia would have become two of the most consistent performers on this team?
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    Scott Hatteberg, on-base machine.:
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Scott Hatteberg for Mayor.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA
    Scott Hatteberg for Mayor.
    Does he talk enough??
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    krivsky should sign this man up for next year to the way he's going now

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
    krivsky should sign this man up for next year to the way he's going now
    At least until they establish an eta for Votto or can get Griffey or Dunn to play first.
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    Does he talk enough??
    Yes, but he comes up woefully short in the hugs department.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
    krivsky should sign this man up for next year to the way he's going now
    No!!!

    Take a look at Hatteberg's performance in odd versus even numbered years since the turn of the century. He just can't seem to string together two good seasons in a row. Let Scott pursue a big payday elsewhere in 2007.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Great post, register.

    I had no qualms at all with the Hatteberg signing. In fact, I liked it from the beginning, though I did assume when he signed it'd be more for a spot starter/pinch hitter role off the bench. But he's been starting, and he's been producing very well for us, and nobody can complain about that.

    Players with above average production at only slightly more than replacement level cost are guys that can really help you win, and that's what Hatteberg's giving us so far this season.
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
    krivsky should sign this man up for next year to the way he's going now
    Hatteberg has been an "every other year" player since 2000. Odds are against a repeat performance next year but you never know.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Even though Pittsburgh dumped Williams on us, they are looking pretty stupid, right now, for taking on Sean Casey and his contract.

    Actually, they looked stupid then, as well.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    There were a lot of people on RedsZone who were very critical of Hatteberg when he was acquired, and instead were calling for the Reds to acquire Carlos Peña or Hee Seop Choi. How do Scott's numbers compare to those two players?
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu
    There were a lot of people on RedsZone who were very critical of Hatteberg when he was acquired, and instead were calling for the Reds to acquire Carlos Peņa or Hee Seop Choi. How do Scott's numbers compare to those two players?
    I applaud Hatteberg for having such a productive year. I still think that Choi could be extremely productive in this ballpark. I'd love to see what he could do.
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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    I don't think he is better than Casey, but this year he has definitely been a better value than Casey. Maybe the title should be changed to reflect that, as that seems to be essential to the conversation.

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    Re: Scott Hatteberg - Better Than Casey

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
    Even though Pittsburgh dumped Williams on us, they are looking pretty stupid, right now, for taking on Sean Casey and his contract.

    Actually, they looked stupid then, as well.
    Not really, Casey is going to probably fetch the Pirates a prospect come the trade deadline.

    That prospect has a better chance of panning out than Dave Williams.
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