In Mickey Tettleton’s 14 seasons of playing Major League Baseball, he played for Tony La Russa in Oakland, Frank Robinson in Baltimore, Sparky Anderson in Detroit and Johnny Oates in Texas. That’s a group that compiled nearly 7,000 wins.
“These guys were awesome. I think each one of them had their own style, their own way of doing things. They were all great to play for. They were great people, too. They really cared about their players. I was very fortunate in playing for the managers I played for,” Tettleton said in an interview on Rangers Magazine (ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM).
The former catcher, first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter was in Arlington on Saturday to deliver the game ball before the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2. He finished his career with the Rangers playing under Oates from 1995-1997, which included being part of the American League West winner in 1996 that finished the regular season with a 90-72 record.
“We were twenty-five that played as one. It’s just the easiest way for me to describe it. Probably the tightest group of players as far as a family-type atmosphere that I have ever been around,” Tettelton recalled.
Tettleton played college baseball at Oklahoma State University and he currently resides in the Oklahoma City area. His four children occupy his time these days. Tettleton’s son Tyler is the quarterback at Ohio University and passed for 3,306 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.
Tettleton also talked about playing for former A’s manager and current Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore, the evolution of becoming a switch-hitter, his batting stance, why he was a patient hitter, what he observed about Pudge Rodriguez, the transition to designated hitter and how Froot Loops factored into his success as a player. Listen to the podcast.