Former major league baseball closer and 1996 World Series MVP John Wetteland was arrested Jan. 15, 2019, on child sexual abuse charges.
Quoting Denton County jail records indicate 52-year-old Wetteland is accused of regularly sexually abusing a minor under the age of 14, according to the Dallas Morning-News. The former baseball player posted a bond for $25,000 and was released.
Wetteland had a long career in professional baseball. He began pitching for the New York Yankees after being traded in 1995.
In 1996, he pitched in the All-Star Game and had 43 saves with led the American League. The Yankees made it to the world series that year, and Wetteland was named World Series MVP, closing all four games that the Yankees won. The Yankees went on to beat the Atlanta Braves in six games.
In 1997, New York Yankees Mariano Rivera became the primary relief pitcher, taking Wetteland’s spot.
Knowing that his role on the team was changing, he decided to leave as a free agent and signed a contract with the Texas Rangers. Wetteland would end his career with Texas Rangers as the team’s all-time leader in saves.
Wettland was in professional baseball for 12 seasons, had 330 saves and a 2.93 ERA. During his career, he also played for the Montreal Expos and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also has the honor of being in the Rangers’ Hall of Fame.
Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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