The Tettleton is a batting style used either occasionally, all the time or never - it all depends on the player. With the Tettleton, you have the batter start his swing in the slightly forward position (do this by tapping the A button before the pitch is thrown). From there, you do a three-quarter swing, which can be quite effective. A great way to infuriate your opponent, hitting a dinger in the Tettleton position always pisses them off. Named after Mickey Tettleton, former major leaguer who had a similar looking batting stance. Some New Yorkers call it the Knoblauch...
The Tettleton at the highest levels
At last year's COTUT, champion Mike Riley and 4th place finisher JoeDirt both used the Tettleton in every AB. This goes to show that the Tettleton isn't some fluke stance just for show. The biggest benefit to the Tettleton is that you have more time to react to a pitch. A shorter stroke can give expert players that split second advantage when choosing to swing.
Power drain debate
Even though the Tettleton has proven to excel at the highest levels of RBI, some feel that starting your swing with the back cocked negatively affects your power. The advocates of the Tettleton swear that it has no effect, and so far the empirical evidence favors their side of the debate. Regardless, until proven at a code level, both sides of the Tettleton debate will continue to argue their case.
Other user terms
- Chi Chi because it looks like Chi Chi Rodriguez sheathing a putter
- Oquendo - because Jose Oquendo is the only player GoReds ever use that batting style with