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Mickey Tettleton

MLB Player information
NameMickey Tettleton
PositionCatcher
BatsSwitch
ThrowsRight
MLB debutJune 30, 1984 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearanceJuly 2, 1997 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Batting average.241
Home runs245
Runs batted in732
Teams
* Oakland Athletics (1984 1987) * Baltimore Orioles (1988 1990) * Detroit Tigers (1991 1994) * Texas Rangers (1995 1997)

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Mickey Lee Tettleton (born September 16, 1960 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers. Although Tettleton played mostly as a catcher, he also played as a first baseman, an outfielder and as a designated hitter.

Tettleton was named after Baseball Hall of Fame member and fellow Oklahoman, Mickey Mantle, and like the former Yankee star, he was a switch hitter. He was recognized by his unusual batting stance: he stood almost straight up at the plate, holding his bat horizontal and, bending only when the pitcher began his delivery. He was also distinguished by the huge wad of chewing tobacco he kept in his cheek during games, as well as his claim that Froot Loops were the source of his hitting power.


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