Charles Wallis Haeger is a professional baseball player who plays as a pitcher. A student at the Detroit Catholic Central High School, Haeger was picked in the 25th round of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox after graduation from the Madonna University.
Haeger began his playing career at the Rookie League with the Arizona League White Sox, in 2001. A year later, his win-loss record was a 1-4, making him quite skeptical about a career in baseball. Haeger announced his retirement from baseball and looked at pursuing golf. However, while working on a knuckleball, Haeger began excelling at the art and soon, was thinking of making a return to professional baseball.
In 2004, he returned to the White Sox organization and played for the Bristol White Sox in the Rookie League before moving up to the Kannapolis Intimidators in the same year. The knuckleball had certainly begun opening doors for Haeger who was suddenly playing in the Advanced A-League, at the beginning of 2005, with the Winston-Salem Warthogs. The same year, after 14 games for the Warthogs, Haeger was playing in the AA-League with the Birmingham Barons. A 6-3 record and a 3.78 ERA in 13 games was good enough to warrant a start to the 2006 season with the Charlotte Knights in the AAA-League.
He made his debut at the Majors in the latter part of 2006 and saw the end of the season with the Chicago White Sox. In 2007, Haeger began with the Knights again and 24 games later, made a return to the MLB roster. The following year, a similar patter saw him start with the Knights however, through the middle of the season, the San Diego Padres decided to claim Haeger off waivers to go on and make 4 disastrous appearances for the Padres.
At the end of the season, the Padres decided not to extend his contract especially after a 16.62 ERA in those 4 games. Haeger moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a minor league contract and played for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the AAA-League. After 22 games and an 11-6 record at an ERA of 3.55, Haeger was called up to the MLB roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers.