Where are they now? Mickey Tettleton
Former Tigers catcher has his hands full with family
Mickey Tettleton still finds himself surrounded by athletics.
The former All-Star catcher and perennial Silver Slugger Award winner has put baseball behind him, and his life now revolves around other sporting venues. His affinity for big swings continues on the links, but his main focus centers on the next generation of Tettleton athletes.
"There's a lot going on with the family and stuff," Tettleton said. "All the kids are doing their sports, and I'm walking them through their deals."
Tettleton, 47, played 14 Major League seasons for the Athletics, Orioles, Tigers and Rangers. Armed with a unique swing that started with his bat horizontal and waist-high, Tettleton averaged 28 home runs and 83 RBIs per year across four seasons with Detroit.
Following his retirement after the 1997 season, he hasn't made many headlines.
But another Tettleton has.
His oldest son, Tyler, is one of the top prep quarterbacks in Oklahoma. With Tyler, a senior, at the controls, Norman North High School has transformed from a one-win team to a championship contender in the football-crazy state's biggest division. North is ranked No. 2 in the preseason 6A poll.
Tyler recently discovered his name on the Oklahoma Mr. Football watch list and has captured interest from several Division I teams.
"Oklahoma State, Iowa State, we've been to Texas A&M and down to Tulsa," said Tettleton, who earned football All-State honors in high school. "He's getting correspondence from a lot of people. There were a lot of teams on the same day at [college passing] camps."
Of course, Tettleton, an Oklahoma State alumnus, has a preference.
"I'm a little bit selfish," he said. "I'd like to see him go to OSU."
ARI: Travis Lee | ATL: Mark Lemke
BAL: Chris Hoiles | BOS: Bill Lee
CHC: Randy Hundley | CIN: Eric Davis
CWS: Dan Pasqua | CLE: Dave Burba
COL: Curtis Leskanic | DET: Steve Sparks
FLA: Charlie Hough | HOU: Doug Drabek
KC: Mike Macfarlane | LAA: Rick Reichardt
LAD: Jim Gott | MIL: Don Sutton
MIN: Kevin Tapani | NYM: Ed Kranepool
NYY: Jim Abbott | OAK: Ben Grieve
PHI: Tommy Greene | PIT: Barry Jones
STL: B. Tewksbury | SD: C. Hernandez
SF: Brian Johnson | SEA: Henry Cotto
TB: Doug Creek | TEX: Dave Hostetler
TOR: Alex Gonzalez | WAS: W. Fryman
Meanwhile, Tettleton keeps his competitive spirit alive on the Celebrity Golf Tour. He joined 10 years ago and has played in over 100 tournaments.
"We play with all sorts of guys," Tettleton said. "You've got pretty much all the quarterbacks: [John] Elway, [Dan] Marino, but they don't play all the time. Mario Lemieux plays. Just about anyone you can possibly think of -- Michael Jordan plays. It's pretty much anybody in the entertainment, sports or political world that has an interest in golf."
Tettleton won his first event in April at the Stan Humphries San Diego Classic. The victory felt extra special, because he defeated friend Rick Rhoden, a former Major League pitcher, by one shot.
"That was a lot of fun," Tettleton said. "Everybody knows he's like the Tiger Woods of our tour. It was fun to play with him in the final group and to win the first one with him."
Tettleton loves playing golf, but this former star turned full-time dad loves guiding his young band of athletes at home even more.
"I've got four kids total," Tettleton said. "Tate is my youngest. He starts football soon. Then Shanny and Jessica, my two daughters, one's in high school and the other's in fourth grade. They're into the dance thing and pompom and all that good stuff.
"We've got a pretty full schedule."
Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.