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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Evening Sun Staff | November 29, 1990
The agent for free-agent catcher Mickey Tettleton said yesterday that the number of teams with serious interest in his client has increased to five and possibly six. Yet he also said it was "not out of the realm of possibility" that Tettleton would return to the Orioles.The agent, Tony Attanasio, clearly is leaving all of his options open, and for good reason. Though demand for Tettleton, 30, appears to be rising, there still is no guarantee he will receive the type of multi-year contract he is seeking.
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By Mark Wogenrich and Jeff Schuler, Tribune Newspapers | September 1, 2012
Penn State began what it calls a "new era" of football Saturday by allowing 21 unanswered second-half points in a 24-14 loss to Ohio University. Penn State played its first game under Coach Bill O'Brien and fourth since former coach Joe Paterno was fired last November. An announced crowd of 97,186, about 9,000 below Beaver Stadium capacity, returned to pledge support for O'Brien and his football team, which went through a tumultuous offseason. On the field, however, second-half lapses led Penn State to its first opening-day loss 2001.
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By Ken Rosenthal | July 1, 1991
It was business, it was baseball. Trading Mickey Tettleton satisfied the Orioles on both fronts, but as hot as their former catcher is right now, it's far too early to determine whether they made the right move.The Orioles still believe they are better off long-term at catcher with the veteran Bob Melvin and the emerging Chris Hoiles. Yet there's no denying the trade also was motivated by financial concerns, and that clouds the entire picture.Tettleton, 30, was a free agent headed for salary arbitration, and rather than face that two-headed monster, the Orioles abruptly sent him to Detroit for righthander Jeff Robinson on Jan. 12.Tonight the rejuvenated Tettleton returns to Baltimore batting .272 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2011
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and acting bench coach John Russell wanted to deliver the news to Matt Wieters, but there was the small matter of finding the young catcher on a day the players didn't have to report until much later. Their search took all of a couple of seconds. About four hours before the series finale with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, Wieters was stationed in front of his laptop in the visiting clubhouse at Turner Field, watching scouting tape of the Texas Rangers hitters the Orioles will face Monday.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Sports | December 20, 1990
It's back to square one for the Orioles and Mickey Tettleton.The switch-hitting catcher stuck his toe in the free-agent pool and found the temperature on the cool side, so he retreated to the comfort zone. After accepting the Orioles' offer of salary arbitration a few hours before yesterday's midnight deadline, Tettleton in effect agreed to terms for the 1991 season.What those terms will be remains to be seen. Tony Attanasio, who represents Tettleton, expressed strong doubt that a multi-year agreement could be reached, but indicated he felt the two sides could settle on next year's salary without going through the arbitration process.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | November 5, 1990
If you haven't already, it's time to start thinking seriously about a going-away gift for Mickey Tettleton. It looks as if the Mick and Toucan Sam are about to leave the nest.The price of doing business has gone up, and you know how the fiscally responsible Orioles are about rising prices, especially when they're the ones paying them.If the Orioles intended to re-sign Tettleton, their catcher-turned-free agent, they probably would have already completed the deal because -- and this is a dead giveaway -- signing him now would almost certainly cost them more than it would have yesterday.
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October 26, 1991
The Detroit Tigers and catcher Mickey Tettleton have agree on a three-year contract, club president Bo Schembechler said yesterday.Terms were not disclosed.Tettleton, who could have become a free agent, played in 154 games this season. He had career highs in batting average (.263), home runs (31), RBI (89) and runs (85).Tettleton was traded to the Tigers from the Baltimore Orioles in January for pitcher Jeff Robinson.* DODGERS: Bob Ojeda (12-9, 3.18 ERA) reportedly will file papers with the National League next week that will force the club to trade him.Tom Selakovich, Ojeda's agent, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the Dodgers had rejected his request to extend his contract, which expires at the end of next season.
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By Peter Schmuck | January 13, 1991
The Baltimore Orioles completed their second major trade in a span of less than 72 hours yesterday, sending catcher Mickey Tettleton to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-handed starting pitcher Jeff Robinson.Tettleton, who hit 26 home runs in 1989 but suffered through a frustrating offensive season last year, was headed for salary arbitration and had to approve the deal. He immediately signed a one-year contract with the Tigers that will pay him $1.6 million next year and preserve his free-agent eligibility the following off-season.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Evening Sun Staff | November 20, 1990
Here's the free-agent thought of the day:What if there's no market for Mickey Tettleton?True, Philadelphia re-signed its own free-agent catcher, Darren Daulton, to a three-year, $6.75 million contract. But that doesn't TC mean Tettleton, a player of comparable value, will command the same deal.In fact, the Orioles' chances of retaining Tettleton appear to be improving every day. A record number of free agents are available, and most clubs seem uncertain of which way to turn. Such inactivity benefits the Orioles; in the case of Tettleton, time is on their side.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Evening Sun Staff | September 26, 1990
NEW YORK -- Mickey Tettleton hit his first home run in more than two months last night, and his timing was interesting, to say the least. The Orioles learned earlier in the day that Chris Hoiles likely will require surgery on his injured right shoulder.Hoiles, 25, figures to be one of the Orioles' two catchers next season if Tettleton signs with another club as a free agent. But the injury he suffered Sunday could alter the picture, even if he is recovered by spring training."Anytime someone has an operation, he's a question mark, no doubt about it," manager Frank Robinson said before last night's 15-3 loss to New York.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | August 15, 2009
Given the choice of attending a bachelor's party or meeting his Orioles hero, Bryan Erdman didn't blink. "I bailed on the party," Erdman, 28, of Parkville said. Instead, he stood in line Friday night at Camden Yards with several hundred fans to get autographs of four players from the 1989 Orioles, the "Why Not" club that nearly won a pennant. For an hour before the Orioles game, fans hobnobbed with outfielder Mike Devereaux, catcher Mickey Tettleton and pitchers Dave Schmidt and Dave Johnson, reminisced about that glorious summer and gathered autographs.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
Scott Erickson's ability to induce ground balls is what made him so appealing to the Orioles. The thinking was getting him off the artificial turf in the Metrodome would transform the right-hander into a more consistent performer.That thinking has been sound thus far, as his 3.51 ERA and the Orioles' 3-1 record in games he has started attests. But Erickson also brings an added dimension to the mound -- the ability to get a needed strikeout. And that's what enabled him to survive six innings in the Orioles' 4-3 win over Texas on Tuesday.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
Mickey Tettleton sits in front of his locker in a corner of the visitors clubhouse at Camden Yards, takes a sip of coffee, pulls out a cigarette and talks breakfast cereal.Where have we seen this before?Some things never change with Tettleton, the former Orioles catcher and folk hero who did more to sell Froot Loops in this city than any advertising campaign. The sleeveless shirt still reveals biceps the size of a small town. And the bat still produces enough power to keep him in the majors, even in the most trying of economic times.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | April 13, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles were in the running for Mickey Tettleton before the designated hitter/catcher/outfielder signed with the Texas Rangers yesterday.According to Tettleton's agent, Tony Attanasio, the Orioles' offer was almost identical to the Rangers'. Tettleton, who hit .248 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs for Detroit last year, signed a one-year deal for a base salary of $550,000, plus about $500,000 in reachable incentives. To achieve the extras, he must reach 200 plate appearances and 100 games.
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By Rob Parker and Rob Parker,Detroit Free Press | July 13, 1994
PITTSBURGH -- Forget his batting average. Don't look at his home run total. Ignore his RBIs. And so what if he's only caught 30 or so games behind the plate during the first half of the season.None of it matters.Mickey Tettleton is an All-Star and belonged here.Tettleton, the Detroit Tigers' catcher, clearly earned his chance to rub elbows with the other shining stars of baseball. Maybe not this season, but definitely with his fine play in the two previous seasons.Despite that play, however, Tettleton spent the past two All-Star breaks at home, watching the mid-summer classic on TV.Still, Tettleton didn't whine.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | September 27, 1993
It's natural to suppose that Mickey Tettleton has a point to prove each time he comes to the plate against the Orioles.After all, the Orioles dealt him to the Detroit Tigers for next to nothing -- since-departed pitcher Jeff Robinson -- after the 1990 season, just one year removed from his breakthrough, 25-homer 1989 campaign.But Tettleton said his ninth-inning triple yesterday -- which gave Detroit a 6-5 win in the second game of a doubleheader and ended the Orioles' division title quest -- was nothing personal.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
Mickey Tettleton sits in front of his locker in a corner of the visitors clubhouse at Camden Yards, takes a sip of coffee, pulls out a cigarette and talks breakfast cereal.Where have we seen this before?Some things never change with Tettleton, the former Orioles catcher and folk hero who did more to sell Froot Loops in this city than any advertising campaign. The sleeveless shirt still reveals biceps the size of a small town. And the bat still produces enough power to keep him in the majors, even in the most trying of economic times.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | January 13, 1991
It was reported incorrectly in yesterday's editions that Baltimore Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles has had surgery on his shoulder. Mr. Hoiles, whose shoulder was injured last season, has not had an operation.Give the Orioles this much, they didn't leave us in suspense for long. For those of us who couldn't figure out why they were suddenly willing to spend the big bucks -- at least for one season -- on Glenn Davis, it has now been pretty well mapped out for us.It's just a matter of arithmetic, so go grab your calculators and ledger paper and maybe we can figure this problem out together.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer Staff writers Milton Kent and Brian Fishman contributed to this article | July 9, 1993
Using his All-Star manager's prerogative, Cito Gaston loaded the American League roster with Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. Then he braced for the backlash that is almost certain to come."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | June 23, 1993
He ranks among the leaders in home runs and RBI, but Mickey Tettleton's new-found versatility could be his biggest contribution to the Detroit Tigers this year.In the midst of what could be a career year, Tettleton looms as an All-Star without a position. The ex-Orioles catcher started behind the plate last night for only the 22nd time this year -- four fewer than he has played in the outfield and only nine more than he has started at first base.The transition of Tettleton from an everyday catcher to a hitter for various positions has presented Tigers manager Sparky Anderson with several options, all offensively related.
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