|CONSISTENTLY GOT THE FINAL OUT.|
|BULLPEN STALWART FOR THREE TEAMS.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- John Wetteland was drafted three times and traded three times from 1984-'95 but was as stable of a closer as you could want for 12 seasons. From '92-'00, the three-time All-Star averaged 37 saves and a 2.70 ERA, never saving fewer than 25 games, for three teams.
- Wetteland got the final out in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Braves in Game 6 of the '96 World Series on Oct. 26. He allowed a run in the ninth and the tying run was on second before he got Mark Lemke to pop up to third baseman #60 Charlie Hayes for the final out. It was Wetteland's fourth save of the Series, establishing a record that's since been tied by four closers.
- Wetteland led the AL in saves with 43 in '96 with a 2.83 ERA, becoming an All-Star for the first time.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Came up through the Dodgers' organization as a starter, going 8-12 with a 3.84 ERA.
- Traded to the Expos as part of the #126 Eric Davis deal in '91, moving into the closer role and saving 37 games.
- The Yankees acquired Wetteland in the great Expos purge after the '94 strike and saved 74 games in two seasons before Mariano Rivera took over the ninth inning.
- Signed with the Rangers for the '97 season and finished his career by averaging 38 saves over those four years.
- His 43 saves in '99 established a Rangers' team record.