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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hatteberg on the future

In case you stopped here between fantasy football updates, here's something for you:

If the Reds are going to go with Joey Votto at first base -- and it seems like a lock they will -- it sounds like Scott Hatteberg would prefer they not pick up his $1.85 million option.

"Before I signed last year, some teams talked to me about being an extra guy," Hatteberg said. "Honestly, I'd really rather retire."

Of course, if the Reds pick up the option, Hatteberg will return.

"Obviously," he said. "That's the contract I signed."

Hatteberg could be done for this season. The strained oblique muscle has kept him from taking batting practice. He'll test it again Tuesday. If it's still bothering at the point, he's probably done for the year.

Mark you calendar: Redsfest is Dec. 7-8.


at 4:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Reds can pull off a trade without dealing Cantu or Votto, I think Cantu could be the infieder version of Freel and if/when Griffey/Dunn plus others are traded for pitching (MLB you trade for pitching... unoless you are a super rich team..., NFL you get free agents) the Reds should be the pre-season favorite for the division.

Just a thought.

at 6:36 PM Blogger Relayman said...

I believe it's common knowledge that Hatteberg would be a good coach (maybe even a coach/player?). The Reds need to discuss with him a way to keep him contributing to the team/farm system even if he doesn't play. Retiring should not be an option.

at 6:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to go to Redsfest and see this train wreck of a franchise and waste their time and money.

at 8:12 PM Blogger Rob said...

Redsfest is a good way to speand your time.

at 8:13 PM Blogger Rob said...

Redsfest is a good way to speand your time.

at 8:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why go to Reds Fest? How many times do we hear people whine about not being able to get a autograph? Sure you'll wait in a line to get one but it beats stalking them outside the stadium or hotels.

Ever watch a young kid go up and be able to talk to the players or watch the players bend down and talk to them?

So the franchise is a train wreck? Such a train wreck you follow the team and check the blogs and post your sour puss statements? Maybe you should switch hobbies or spending your time in a diferent way and you can find the happiness that is avoiding you.

You remind me of that chick in fatal attraction because you're probably listening to a sad depressing opera flicking the light on and off.

at 12:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember right, back when Narron was managing, he mentioned something about Hatteberg staying in the Reds organization as a minor league manager once he retired. Considering all the instructors Krivsky just fired, there should be plenty of openings.
Ken Griffey will stay with the Reds until he says otherwise. He has earned the right. I cannot understand the disloyalty Reds fans have shown him of late. The thing about Griffey and Freel's injuries is this----at least they got hurt because they were playing all-out. They weren't doing something stupid or careless. Most of the time, they even made the play. Remember Eric Davis tearing up his kidney in the 90 series? What, are you going to denounce him too? While you're at it, why don't you make fun of Davis for getting cancer and missing a year with that?
Dunn will be traded the second Jay Bruce proves he belongs in the majors for the next 20 years. Freel will stay because of his flexibility and speed. Cantu and Keppinger will be kept for a while for the same reason. Although, I expect Encarnacion will be traded and Keppinger will take over 3B. Castro will be spending most of next year recovering from his Tommy John surgery in the minors.
When all is said and done, there won't be any room for Hatteberg next year. It will be the same kind of situation that Aurilia had. That's baseball. No hard feelings, Mr H. I think you'll make a great manager

at 3:57 PM Blogger Mark T said...

recall the guy carrying a 300 batting average. That says to me that he's not done.

at 9:14 AM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

Billy Beane admired Hatteberg, I admire Hatteberg, and the city of Cincy should as well. With that being said we dont have much room for Hatteberg to get much playing time. Although we dont really have the playing time for him, I think it would be in the Reds best interest to pick up his option and maybe trade him, and if they cant trade him keep him on the team for his leadership attributes. Scott...although we may not show it, we appreciate everything you have done for us.

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