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Encyclopedia > John Wetteland
John Wetteland
Pitcher
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 1989
for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Final game
September 20, 2000
for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Record     48-45
ERA     2.97
Saves     330
Teams
Career highlights and awards

John Karl Wetteland (born August 26, 1966 (1966-08-26) (age 40) in San Mateo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. Image File history File links Wetteland. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Mariano Rivera, a closer for the New York Yankees, is currently fourth on the all-time save list. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Mariano Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ...


Wetteland was signed by the Dodgers as their second choice in the June 1985 amateur draft. He was later claimed by the Detroit Tigers in December 1987 as a Rule 5 draft pick, but was soon returned to the Dodgers. While playing in the Pacific Coast League, he earned notice by earning 20 saves in 20 chances. He made his major league debut on May 31, 1989. After struggling with his first five starts in 1991, Wetteland asked to be switched to the bullpen, and became a full-time closer in 1992. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rule 5 draft is a Major League Baseball player draft that occurs each year in December, at the annual Winter Meeting of general managers. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


After the 1991 season, Wetteland was traded twice; first to the Cincinnati Reds for Eric Davis, and then to the Expos for Dave Martinez. On April 5, 1995 he was traded to the Yankees for Fernando Seguignol. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... To see the Football player see Eric Davis (football player) Caption Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 Eric Keith Davis (born May 29, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams. ... David Martinez (born September 26, 1964 in New York City) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from 1986 to 2001. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Fernando Seguignol (born January 19, 1975) is a former major league baseball player from Bocas Del Toro, Panama. ...


During the 1996 season, he led the American League in saves, with 43, and appeared in the All-Star Game. Wetteland was given the World Series MVP Award that year, when he led the Yankees to the World Championship. His four saves during the Series tied the record for the most saves in a single postseason series, and his seven saves in the full postseason were the most ever. He was awarded with the 1996 Rolaids Relief Man Award. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ...


He was signed by the Texas Rangers as a free agent on December 16, 1996, signing a 4-year contract worth $23 million. Before the 1999 season, Wetteland underwent elbow surgery. Although this robbed him of some of his fastball speed, it allowed him to expand his repertoire to include a slider, curveball, and change-up. Wetteland was again named to the All-Star team for the 1999 season, where he pitched a scoreless 9th inning, and became the first Rangers pitcher to earn an All-Star save. His 43 saves that year set a new Rangers record. His final game was on September 20, 2000, and he retired after his Rangers contract expired during the 2000 offseason. In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wetteland was awarded the Rolaids Reliever of the Decade, and earned the most saves of any pitcher during the 1990s, and the Rangers all-time saves leader. His final win/loss percentage was .516, with 48 wins and 45 losses.


In 2005, Wetteland was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to honor the careers of former Texas Rangers players, managers, executives and broadcasters. ...


Wetteland, a born-again Christian, met his wife, Michele, while playing for the AA San Antonio Missions. They, along with their four children, live in Texas. He was known for wearing the same baseball cap throughout the entire season. Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ... League Texas League Division South Division Year founded 1968 Major League affiliation San Diego Padres Home ballpark Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium Previous home ballparks City San Antonio, Texas Current uniform colors white, gold and black Previous uniform colors Logo design The wordmark Missions in white with black drop shadow. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A baseball cap worn with the bill at the front, shading the eyes A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a long, stiffened and curved peak and it is worn by men, women and children. ...


On January 27, 2006, John was hired to be the bullpen coach of the Washington Nationals. However, on June 15, 2006, Wetteland was relieved of his duties by manager Frank Robinson, and offered another position within the organization. January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Washington Nationals (2005–present) Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Ballpark RFK Stadium (2005–present) Hiram Bithorn Stadium[3] (San Juan) (2003-2004) Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977-2004) Jarry Park (Montreal) (1969-1976) [3] The... June 15 is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... This article is about the baseball player and manager. ...


On May 18, 2007, Wetteland was introduced as an assistant baseball coach and Bible teacher at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, where he currently lives. Argyle is a city located in Denton County, Texas, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,365. ...


External links

  • Career statistics on baseball-reference.com
Preceded by
Tom Glavine
World Series MVP
1996
Succeeded by
Livan Hernandez

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ESPN.com: John Wetteland Profile & Scouting Report (384 words)
In the best of times, Wetteland threw so hard that opponents could not catch up to his high and straight fastball.
Wetteland's search for a way to neutralize lefthanded hitters led him to the changeup.
Wetteland, who also has had leg problems in recent seasons, does not field his position well.
John Wetteland (455 words)
John Karl Wetteland (born August 21, 1966 in San Mateo, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.
Wetteland was signed by the Dodgers as their second choice in the June 1985 amateur draft.
Wetteland was again named to the All-Star game for the 1999 season, where he pitched a scoreless 9th inning, and became the first Rangers pitcher to earn an All-Star save.
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