Police respond to suicide call at the home of former New York Yankees closer John Wetteland
BY Roger Rubin
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Originally Published:Thursday, November 12th 2009, 6:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 12th 2009, 7:18 PM
Former Yankees closer John Wetteland was hospitalized after police responded to a suicide call from his Texas home.
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John Wetteland, the Yankees All-Star closer who was the MVP of the 1996 World Series, has been hospitalized in Denton, Texas, after contemplating a suicide attempt. Law enforcement officials said there were no injuries.
According to the Denton County Sheriff's office a woman at Wetteland's home called to request help and police from Bartonville, Tx., and Argyle, Tx., were dispatched.
"She said he was complaining of being depressed and contemplating suicide," Sgt. Roger Griggs of the Denton County Sheriff's office said.
Police that arrived on the scene telephoned into the house and the former pitcher and current bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners came out. "He said he wanted help," Griggs said. "He requested to be taken to the hospital."
Griggs speculated the caller was his wife Michele.
The Yankees acquired Wetteland from the Montreal Expos at the start of the 2005 season. He went 1-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 31 saves, but faltered badly in the postseason. The Bombers were looking to clinch in Game 4 of the division series against Seattle and Wetteland was called into a 6-6 game. He gave up a walk, a hit and hit a batter before Ken Griffey Jr. hit a grand slam. In three appearances during the series he had a 14.54 ERA.
He was the flip side the next season, making his first All-Star Game and finishing with a league-leading 43 saves. In the postseason he pitched in 12 games and recorded a record seven saves. He saved all four games in the World Series against the Braves and induced Mark Lemke into the series-ending foul pop to third baseman Charlie Hayes.
Wetteland was a free agent at the end of the that season and the Yanks elected not to bring him back because they felt Mariano Rivera ready to take over the closer role.
He played through the 2000 season, was an All-Star twice more with the Texas Rangers and his 330 saves rank 11th on the all-time career list.