Sad Reports Out Of Texas: John Wetteland Attempts Suicide

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIINovember 13, 2009

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 26:  John Wetteland #35 of the New York Yankees celebrates the final out of Game six of the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on October 26, 1996 in Bronx, New York. The Yankees defeated the Braves 3-2 to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Al Bello/Getty Images

Update: According to the Dallas Morning News, John Wetteland was hospitalized because of an elevated heart rate and blood pressure.

"My wife and I are very appreciative of the over-and-above care of our local officers and paramedics," Wetteland said. "I am currently resting safely at home."

Obviously an elevated heart is the complete opposite of someone attempting suicide. My dad gets an elevated heart rate watching the New York Mets every summer, but I don't think my mom is calling the police anytime soon.

Who knows what really happened at the Wetteland household Thursday afternoon. That's between Wetteland and his wife.

Either way, again,  let's hope that Wetteland gets the help he needs.

Orginal Post:

There is some really sad news being reported out of Texas tonight.

According to CBS 11 Dallas/Fort Worth, police were called to the house of former major league pitcher John Wetteland around 12:30 Thursday afternoon because of a possible suicide attempt.

When the police arrived to the home, a man later identified as Wetteland came out with his hands in the air, saying he “needed help.”

Various reports out of Dallas claim that Wetteland’s wife allegedly called police because Wetteland had a gun and was going to attempt suicide.

Wetteland was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon. Hospital officials say Wetteland was hospitalized for a “mental health issue.”

Wetteland pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and the Texas Rangers.

Wetteland was a three-time All Star and is 11th in career saves with 330. He was probably best known for recording the final out for the Yankees in the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves and winning the MVP of that series.

Wetteland is currently the bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners.

Obviously this is a pretty sad story. An incident like this just proves that whether you are a doctor, janitor, school teacher, or a former major league pitcher, everyone has their own personal demons to deal with.

Hopefully Wetteland can get the help he needs and can work things out.

I will have more on this story as it develops.

You can follow The Ghost of Moonlight Graham on Twitter @ theghostofmlg


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.