Chris Hatcher (hatchch01)
Christopher Kenneth Hatcher
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 220 lb.
- School University of Iowa
- High School Thomas Jefferson High School (Council Bluffs)
- Debut September 6, 1998
- Final Game September 26, 1998
- Born January 7, 1969 in Anaheim, CA USA
"Hey, Kansas City! Ever heard of Chris Hatcher? Ever checked his stats? You're 64-75 for Pete's sake! Call him up! Give him a shot!" - part of a column by a sportswriter from Chris Hatcher's home town, wondering why the Royals had not called him up when he was having a great season in the minors
Chris Hatcher played over a decade in the minors, hitting over 200 home runs. In the year that he came to the majors, 1998, he had 46 minor league home runs.
The Washington Post wrote a long and excellent article about Hatcher on September 20, 1998 about being a minor league star who finally got his chance at the majors. The article says he was all-state in three sports in high school (and almost all-state in a fourth), and was a tremendous star in college as a two-time All American.
He married his high school sweetheart.
When he hit 46 home runs in 1998, it was the most that any minor leaguer had hit in a season since 1982.
As a track star in high school, he did shot put and discus.
Main source: Another Homer Hero
- 1998 MVP Pacific Coast League Omaha Royals
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