.... would land us a #2 pitching prospect via the trade market.
"YES! He rips it. Is it high enough? It's gonna be gone! Adam Dunn has done it again. Big #44 can take all day to round the bases here, thats done and gone- lookout dunner they're waitin for ya at home plate." - George Grand
"Did that just happen?" - Chris Welsch
If he keeps hitting like this, he could still land us a pretty good prospect.
This is almost one of those Sean Casey things. I know he wasn't universally loved by the Redzone faithful, but I still appreciated what he brought to the table. (It was his salary I had issue with.)
The Pickin Machine has done nothing but be consistently solid for this team. When he came in, no one expected much of him, let alone be in the top ten in the league in OBP last year. Now it just seems he does what's he asked of day in and day out. We'd rather sit you b/c it's a lefty pitching today? No problem Coach, I'll be there if you need a PH. I don't have any speed but you'd like me to bat leadoff? How about I get you the first and last runs of the ballgame today?
I'm gonna miss Hatte once we trade him, but it's like the Joker and Casey before him (although I hope we get better return, and we should). You've done well for us and we hope the contender you become a part of goes far in the postseason.
Someone in the game thread pointed out what I noticed as well in the post-game interview. Scott's a well-spoken, team-driven individual who's selfless and won't throw his teammates under the bus. Once he retires, let's get that man a coaching job on our staff. He'll get on the youngsters and teach em to take a pitch or two and work the count.
No one expects the butterfly
Scott Hatteberg is a professional in every sense of the word and a class act to boot. In a lineup full of swingers, I love watching his approach and abilities at the plate. I know a lot on here make fun of the "veteran presence" that WK always talks about but I would think Scott Hatteberg is exactly the type of player a young club could use off the bench. I don't want him to block the path of Joey Votto but I sure would like to see Hatteberg off the bench next year with the occasional start and be a mentor to Votto. If someone offers a legit prospect for Scott you have to do the deal but I wouldn't get rid of him for nothing because he can still be a valuable guy off the bench in the future.
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"
I wish the Reds had the kind of stroke to sidle up to Hatteberg, tell him "Psst. Mentor this. Pinch hit that. Veteran Presence the other. And, player/coach/manager/whatever, we'll give you a contract for life."
But we don't. Oddly enough, my other favorite team does, though. And they're also starting Miguel F. Cairo at 1B some days. If we (by which I mean the Reds Organization) can get value for him, I say we gots to move Hatteberg before he has the opportunity to move on himself....
Does no one think we would trade Conine instead of Hatteberg? He is a perfectly wonderful reserve first baseman, and should be on the team in that role. We may not be able to trade Conine for as much, but I would rather have Hatteberg on the team.
If we could land a decent prospect then deal the man. But if not then what about keeping Hatteberg and Votto? Could you move EE over to first every once in a while against a southpaw and let Freel or Keppinger play 3rd? A bench with Hatteberg and Freel/Hopper could make one of this teams weaknesses a strength. Of course it wont matter if the bullpen is still inept.
There have been many minor league players who looked like sure hall of famers down there but can't cut it in the majors.
Trade Conine and keep Hatte. Bring Votto up when the rosters expand in September and play him then. If he does great, the Reds can trade Hatte in the off sason. If he falls on his face, you still have Hatte around to play.
Makes sense to me.
I mainly disagreed with trading both of your first basemen and hope he can make it in the majors. He may be great (which I hope) or he could stink it up. You never know.
Hatte has been a real find thusfar and if we were anywhere close to contention I'd be all in favor of keeping him around as a bench player and spot starter. Unfortunately, this organization isn't close to contending and would be best served by trying to get a prospect or two who might be able to contribute in the future. Maybe you'll disagree but I think a few solid prospects would be more valuable to this franchise than a solid LH pinch hitter.