This is the kind of story you never want to write.
John Wetteland, the MVP of the 1996 WS with the Yankees, was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse.
Wetteland, 52, pitched in the majors from 1989-2000 with the Dodgers (1989-1991), Expos (1992-1994) Yankees (1995-1996) and Rangers (1997-2000). He was a 3x All Star who went 48-45, 2.93 in his MLB career with 330 saves and an ERA of 2.93 (ERA+ 148).
He got MVP consideration four times, and CYA consideration once.
In 1996 he led the AL in saves with 43.
In postseason play, he was 0-1, 4.82 with seven saves. He saved all four of the Yankees’ wins in the 1996 WS.
In other news, the Yanks DFA’d Tim Locastro when they signed D.J. LaMahieu.
Thirteen years ago, he was standing on the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium. He also was standing on top of the world, putting his index finger in the air and proclaiming the Yankees #1.
Soon after that, he was collecting the 1996 WS MVP trophy for his four saves in that WS. With the emergence of Mariano though, getting that final out of the 1996 WS was the last out John Wetteland recorded as a Yankee.
Recently 1996 WS hero Jim Leyritz was DUI and the DUI caused a fatality. Today, more sad news regarding a 1996 WS hero as Wetteland has been hospitalized after a possible suicide attempt.
We can only keep him in our prayers and hope all eventually works out ok.
Update: The Post has more on the story. Wetteland is now bullpen coach for the Mariners. He ended his career with 330 saves and an excellent 2.93 ERA. He was only 33 when he retired.
According to the article, Wetteland has apparently fought personal demons for quite some time. We can only hope that he conquers them—through his faith or whichever method necessary.
The Padres made a trade, but it’s not Jake Peavy. Not yet, anyway.
Instead, they dealt SS Khalil Greene to St. Louis for 2 players to be named later. After hitting 27 HR and having 97 RBI in 2007, Greene had an awful 2008, hitting .213-10-35, OPS+ 64. Then, to top it all off, he broke his hand and missed the last two months of the year. How did he break his hand? In a moment of frustration, he punched a dugout storage chest. Greene is 29, and has a little pop. His 162 g. average is .248-21-81, OPS+ 95. He’ll be a FA after 2009.
According to ESPN, SD will get minor league RHP Mark Worrell and another prospect from a pool of 3 players, two pitchers and one position player. SD has until April 1st to select that other player.
One thing I should have mentioned earlier is that John Wetteland is now bullpen coach of the Mariners.
Thanks to Dante for writing in on the Frank Zappa post.
There are (were) rumors of a deal involving Jack Wilson of the Pirates, but nothing is official as of yet. This article has more, and esp. info on Wilson’s no-trade clause. According to the article (click link), the Tigers and Dodgers (LA losing Furcal) would be interested. Wilson, .272-1-22, OPS+ 77, broke a finger and missed the last month of 2008. As it was, he only got into 87 g. in 2008. He is a .269 career hitter, but has an OPS+ of just 78 for his career. Not enough walks. His 162 g. ave. is .269-8-54, but just 34 walks. Nice fielding numbers, however. He’ll be 31 at the end of this month, and an interesting sidenote….he was born in a city where I have family.