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Former MLB player and WSU Cougar revisits home

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A former Washington State Cougar and MLB player is back in town. Scott Hatteberg stopped by the Batter's Box in Richland, playing ball with the Boys and Girls Club. The Eisenhower High School alum now works as a special assistant to the Oakland Athletics. It was the A's that helped resurge Hatteberg's career as part of the famous Moneyball approach.

"I got over there and I thought they were really just crazy they wanted me to play first base. I'd never done it before. It wasn't until I talked to Michael Lewis who was writing the book that I started finding that I was kind of a pawn in this whole pivotal part of baseball history, the way things have been looked at. So that's the Forest Gumpy part. I just showed up and was part of it, but it wasn't until I talked to Michael Lewis who started peeling back the onions, so to speak," Hatteberg said.

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