Wednesday, June 11, 2014
#231 John Wetteland
About the Back: Three musical instruments?! Eat your heart out, Bernie Williams.
1. In 1996, John was named the American League Rolaids Relief Award winner after leading the loop with 43 saves for the Yankees and posting a 2.83 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. He was also selected as World Series MVP for saving all four New York wins and allowing a single run in five Series appearances.
2. Wetteland finished his 12-year career with 330 saves, 48 wins, 45 losses, and a 2.93 ERA. His 295 saves during the 1990s were the most of any pitcher in that decade, and his 150 saves as a Texas Ranger are a club record.
3. He has served as the bullpen coach for both the Nationals and the Mariners, and was also an assistant baseball coach and Bible teacher at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, TX.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't remember when I got my first pre-1993 Wetteland card, but I do recall being surprised to see him in a Dodgers uniform. It was that odd realization that lots of things had been going on in baseball long before I had started noticing. Does that make a lick of sense?
Bill James Said: "His '93 season is one of the best that any reliever ever had." 9-3, 43 saves, 58 hits and 113 strikeouts in 85 innings...yeah, that's pretty decent.
On This Date in 1993: June 11. Actor Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Wiseguy) dies at age 40 due to complications from AIDS.