Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former MLB All-Star John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge

Former MLB All-Star John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge

He was named MVP of the 1996 World Series with the New York Yankees and was inducted as a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2005.

He is accused of forcing a relative to perform a sex act on him beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old, the Morning News reported, citing an arrest affidavit. Wetteland was released on $25,000 bond.

According to a Washington Post report at the time, the then-manager told the newspaper that he couldn't put up with "what he considered to be a long line of transgressions and insubordination" by Wetteland.

Bartonville Police Department began investigating Wetteland last week after receiving a call from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Police Chief Bobby Dowell said, according to the Associated Press. An arrest warrant was issued for Wetteland, who lives in the Dallas-area suburb of Trophy Club, following an investigation. In addition to his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wetteland pitched for the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers in 1997.

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In 2006, he was hired as the Washington Nationals' bullpen coach but was sacked halfway through the season after then-manager Frank Robinson said he'd asked Wetteland several times to get the team's relievers to focus more and reduce their practical jokes.

According to the Mariners, the police report was erroneous. He just didn't seem to understand'.

He retired as the Rangers' all-time saves leader with 150 after the 2000 season.

Three years later, he made an alleged suicide threat while working as a bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners, who blamed elevated blood pressure for his hospitalization.

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