Former MLB closer John Wetteland was arrested yesterday on a child sex abuse charge in North Texas, according to the Dallas News‘ Sara Coello and Evan Grant.
The 52-year-old Wetteland is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to jail records.
He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.
This is truly, truly an awful story to report: Rangers Hall of Famer John Wetteland has been arrested & charged with child sex abuse charge: https://t.co/3Smd5HlyH6
Working on more details here.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) January 15, 2019
Wetteland played in the majors from 1989-2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won a championship with the Yankees in 1996 and was named World Series MVP after saving all four New York wins against the Atlanta Braves.
A three-time All-Star, Wetteland served as a bullpen coach with the Washington Nationals in 2006. However, he was fired mid-season for “a long line of transgressions and insubordination.”
He would go on to be the bullpen coach of the Seattle Mariners from 2008-10. In November 2009, Wetteland was hospitalized with what was first deemed a mental health issue but the Mariners later claimed was related to elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
Wetteland has also worked in the past as an assistant baseball coach and Bible study teacher at Liberty Christian School in Texas.