- Born: Sept. 16, 1960 in Oklahoma City
- Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 200 lb.
- Acquired: Traded by the Orioles to the Tigers for Jeff Robinson on Jan. 11, 1991.
- Seasons in Detroit: 4 (1991-94)
- Uniform Number: 20
- Stats: .249 avg., 112 HR, 333 RBI, .867 OPS
- Awards: Silver Slugger (1991, ’92) All Star (1994)
Who didn’t like Mickey Tettleton? He was built like a tank, stood ramrod straight at the plate and could crush the ball from either side of the plate. And, he wasn’t half-bad behind the plate.
Tettleton came to Detroit in a steal of a trade from the Orioles 20 years ago next week, the Tigers sending once-promising righty Jeff Robinson to Baltimore in the deal.
After four nondescript seasons with the A’s in which he never hit more than 10 home runs, Tettleton was released by Oakland and signed by the Orioles at the end of March 1988. That season he hit 11 homers but struck out 117 times in 411 at bats.
In 1989, however, he became a dangerous hitter, clubbing 26 homers and earning an All-Star appearance. And while his strikeouts rose along with his plate appearances, so did his walks. In 1990, he fanned 160 times (a career high) but walked 106.
Why would the Orioles, who weren’t exactly brimming with offensive talent, want to part ways with Tettleton? According to this story, they “did not want to pay him more than $1 million to be backup to Bob Melvin.” Bob Melvin! And shortly thereafter his ticket to Detroit was punched.
“He has good defensive skills and is adept at working with pitchers,” acting Tigers General Manager Joe McDonald said. “In addition, he brings even more punch to our lineup.”
Continue reading Today’s Tiger: Mickey Tettleton
72-74, 3rd place; 15.5 GB
Rangers 11 – Tigers 7
Continue reading Tigers Today: September 16, 2010
68-70, 3rd Place; 13 GB
Tigers vs. White Sox | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.61 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (11-5, 4.82 ERA)
White Sox 5 – Tigers 4 (10 innings)
Continue reading Tigers Today: September 7, 2010
**Sorry this one’s coming late in the day. I was traveling and got online later than expected. This one include information about tonight’s win and Monday’s too.**
45-37, 1st place; 1/2-game lead over Twins
Tigers 7 – Orioles 5 (11 innings)
Tigers 12 – Orioles 9
Continue reading Tigers Today: July 6, 2010
39-33, 2nd place; 1/2-game behind Minnesota
Tigers @ Braves | 4 p.m. ET – Turner Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Max Scherzer (4-6, 5.67 ERA) vs. RH Kenshin Kawakami (0-9, 4.78 ERA)
Braves 3 – Tigers 1 | Fungo Recap
Continue reading Tigers Today: June 26, 2010
I can’t seem to get rid of this beeping sound in my ears. I’m starting to think it’s the Tigers backing into a division title or backing out of the playoffs.
Finally, here’s a heaping helping of Tigers birthdays for today: Chris Pittaro (48), Scott Medvin (48), Mickey Tettleton (49) and Vito Valentinetti (81)
Today is the 47th birthday of Jeff Robinson, a once-promising starting pitcher for the Tigers and one of my favorite short-timers.
The 6 ft. 6 in. Robinson broke in with the Tigers on April 12, 1987 with a brilliant performance against the White Sox at old Comiskey Park. Robinson went seven innings scattering just six hits, giving up one run (earned), three walks and striking out five.
Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jeff Robinson