OAKLAND -- Former A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg spent 14 seasons answering reporters' questions as a player. Now, the tables have turned. Friday night's series opener against San Diego marked Hatteberg's first day on the job as a television analyst for Comcast SportsNet California, which broadcasts Oakland's games.
The 42-year-old, who played with the A's from 2002-05 and retired from baseball after the 2008 season, has been working as a special assistant for Oakland doing scouting and playing-development work. Hatteberg was approached by the organization to see if he had any interest in broadcasting, and he figured he'd give it a shot, even though he never considered doing it as a player.
"Not that I didn't want to, I just never thought that I would be in the booth," Hatteberg said. "It's cool. I love being around the game and that's another aspect of it, so I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Hatteberg admitted he was a little nervous before making his debut Friday night but that he had "made a fool of himself for 14 years," so he thought he'd be able to handle it. The former Athletic is slated to broadcast 20 games this season and said he wasn't sure if he'd pursue it more after that.
"I'm going to let it happen," Hatteberg said. "I have no plans either way. I hopefully enjoy it, and would love to do it. I do enjoy what I'm doing on the other side of the game, the scouting part, and helping guys, instruction, and all that. I'd hate to dismiss that completely, but we'll see."