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2/28 @ 1:05 Philadelphia Phillies vs Detroit Tigers

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25 minutes ago, thefunk said:

If we beat the Phillies I'm all in. Everything hinges on Feb. 28th.

must win

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He hit the hardest ball I've ever seen.  I don't think it ever got more than 30 feet off the ground.  There were two really loud bangs.  The first was his bat on the ball and then - thousand and one, thousand and two, thousand and three - an even louder bang as the ball hit the back of an empty seat about 5 rows back at the Skydome.

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Tettleton was one of my favorite Tigers of the dry period between 1988-2005.  Fielder was awesome in 1990.  After that, he got most of the attention, but Tettleton was a better hitter from 91-94.  Tettleton's at bats were so fun to watch with the big wad of tobacco, the weird batting stance and that intent stare at the pitcher.  I called a lot of Tettleton homers.  I would say "he's got that look"  and then he would hit one... Of course, lot's of times he didn't hit one!

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17 hours ago, thefunk said:

If we beat the Phillies I'm all in. Everything hinges on Feb. 28th.

Take February = take 2021?

I like it.

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Tettleton's eye at the plate was incredible.  He ended his career with a slash line of .241/.369/.449.  He averaged over 100 walks per season from 1990 through 1996.  Even in the strike shortened 1994 when he had only 444 PAs, he walked 97 times.

Fruit Loops revisited.

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FROOT LOOPS, WHY NOT?
Mike Klingaman
THE BALTIMORE SUN


No player personified the 1989 Orioles more than Mickey Tettleton, the poster boy for the "Why Not?" crew that nearly won a pennant. Spurned by other clubs, Tettleton joined Baltimore and blossomed in that magical summer as the no-name Orioles gave fans the ride of their lives.

That the Birds battled the Toronto Blue Jays to the wire before losing the American League flag was attributable greatly to Tettleton, the Popeye-armed journeyman catcher who batted with a chaw in his cheek and a stance all his own.

So what if he stood soldier-straight at the plate, abandoning the hitter's crouch? Tettleton hit a club-high 26 home runs in 1989, made the All-Star team and carried the Orioles for half a season.

His appetite was legend. Froot Loops were his fancy and when word got out, boxes of the kids' cereal flew off local supermarket shelves.

"I literally ate Froot Loops every day," Tettleton, 48, said. "I was superstitious about stuff like that."

Crowds played along, shouting "Loops" when he batted and celebrating Tettleton's homers by throwing handfuls of cereal around like confetti. A stuffed toucan - a gift from a fan - sat atop his locker at Memorial Stadium.

"People started sending little boxes of Froot Loops in the mail for me to sign," he said. Tettleton did and returned the boxes. Unopened, of course.

Twenty years later, he still gets letters from fans that refer to his love for the cereal - though he concedes that middle age has brought changes to his diet.

"I'm more of a 'Special K' guy now," he said.

His three seasons in Baltimore ran the gamut. Deemed a washout at 27, he signed here in 1988, when the Orioles lost their first 21 games and landed in last place. A year later, they bounced back to finish two games off the pace.

"We went from being a team that couldn't hit water if we fell out of a boat, to being a team that couldn't do anything wrong," Tettleton said. "The difference? Chemistry. Except for Cal [Ripken], we were guys that nobody had ever heard of, and we bonded."

Given a chance to play every day in 1989, Tettleton thrived.

"Playing in Baltimore relaunched my career. I got to live out a dream," he said. "It was a memorable year, right from Opening Day when we beat [the Boston Red Sox's] Roger Clemens. In my mind, I still play the tapes of those games."

Dealt to the Detroit Tigers in 1991, Tettleton played seven more years, 14 in all, finishing his career with 245 home runs and the big league record for most strikeouts in a season by a switch-hitter (160, with the Orioles in 1990).

"That's probably not the best record to hold," he said.

Married and the father of four, Tettleton lives in Norman, Okla., where his wife, Shannon, owns a hair salon. An avid golfer, he competes in celebrity events and on a mini-seniors tour.

Friday night, he'll return to Baltimore to participate in a 20th anniversary celebration of the "Why Not?" Orioles. Tettleton, outfielder Mike Devereaux and pitchers Dave Schmidt and Dave Johnson will sign autographs. Then Tettleton and Devereaux will each throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles' game against the Los Angeles Angels.

"Hopefully, I can get the ball all the way to home plate in the air," Tettleton said.

He'll have had Froot Loops beforehand. Just in case.

 

Crowds played along, shouting "Loops" when he batted and celebrating Tettleton's homers by throwing handfuls of cereal around like confetti. A stuffed toucan - a gift from a fan - sat atop his locker at Memorial Stadium.

"People started sending little boxes of Froot Loops in the mail for me to sign," he said. Tettleton did and returned the boxes. Unopened, of course.

Oh, come on, how fun is that part of the story?  So good.  I'd never heard that before.

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Lefty Tyler Alexander will be the Tigers' Grapefruit League Opening Day starter on Sunday, A.J. Hinch announced this morning. Michael Fulmer will start on Monday in Tampa vs. the Yankees.

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Well, Tyler Alexander is our ace. World Series, here we come. 

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No AL pitcher in the history of baseball has ever struck out more consecutive batters than Tyler Alexander so he's definitely an Ace. 

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FYI Monday's game @ yankees will be on MLB Network at 8ET. 

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15 minutes ago, chasfh said:

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I find that highlighter works more better.

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https://www.mlb.com/network/shows/spring-training-games

It seems like the schedule goes only through Sunday March 7 games.  In seasons past, MLBN had the entirety of its spring training broadcast schedule ready to go before the first exhibition games were played.  I suspect part of the rationale might have to do with COVID and seeing how the teams/camps are faring.

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In my dream last night, Candelario made a nice pickup at third, had fast hands on the transfer and made a good throw to first, where Candelario dropped it.  It must have been a practice because I was out on the field watching.

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1 hour ago, Casimir said:

I find that highlighter works more better.

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But wait, there's more!

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https://www.mlb.com/network/shows/spring-training-games

It seems like the schedule goes only through Sunday March 7 games.  In seasons past, MLBN had the entirety of its spring training broadcast schedule ready to go before the first exhibition games were played.  I suspect part of the rationale might have to do with COVID and seeing how the teams/camps are faring.

The schedule schedule menu web links are working weirdly, but if you go to the regular schedule and just slide the Month back to March the whole ST schedule is there.

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14 hours ago, Yoda said:

FYI Monday's game @ yankees will be on MLB Network at 8ET. 

what is that in British Double Summer Time?

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I HEAR A 1-800-CALL-SAM COMMERCIAL!!!  ITS OFFICIALLY SPRING!!!  LFG!!!!

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