BALTIMORE, JULY 17 -- Now it's Mickey Tettleton's turn to work on his hitting with Manager Frank Robinson.
The Baltimore Orioles catcher, who has been in a hitting slump for about three weeks, today had his second session in two days with Robinson in the batting cage below Memorial Stadium's right field stands. It is the same place where Robinson helped get shortstop Cal Ripken turned around about a month ago.
And Tettleton said he and Robinson are working on "basically the same things" Ripken and Robinson worked on.
"We're trying to get everything to slow down," Tettleton said. "The basic thing is to keep the body out of the way, so I can use my hands."
Despite a .169 batting average in his last 24 games, Tettleton said things are not nearly as amiss as they were during his extended early season slump.
"This is not as severe as it was," he said. "Early in the season, I couldn't even make contact. Now I'm putting some balls in play hard."
Said batting coach Tom McCraw: "I think he's turned the corner."
Tettleton also is reaching base without hits. His game-winning, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning Monday night was his 68th walk of the season, second in the major leagues to Orioles first baseman Randy Milligan, who has 75. Tettleton has reached base via hit, walk or being hit in 53 of his last 58 games.
On the Farm
Several Orioles minor leaguers were cited in polls of minor league managers conducted by Baseball America.
For Rochester of the Class AAA International League: David Segui was voted the league's best batting prospect and best defensive first baseman; third baseman Leo Gomez was named the hitter with the best power; Jeff Tackett, the best defensive catcher; shortstop Juan Bell, infielder with the best arm.
For Hagerstown of the Class AA Eastern League: Mike Linskey, now with Rochester, was voted best pitching prospect; infielder Rod Lofton was voted best base runner; and second baseman Luis Mercedes was voted most exciting player.
For Frederick of the Class A Carolina League: Arthur Rhodes, now with Hagerstown, was voted best pitching prospect and pitcher with the best fastball; Ricky Gutierrez was voted best defensive shortstop and Roy Gilbert was voted best defensive outfielder.
Yesterday was Orioles pitcher Bob Milacki's day to throw in the bullpen, and pitching coach Al Jackson said they spent the session working on the pitch that determines whether Milacki succeeds -- his change-up.