Former Dodger reliever and current Seattle Mariners bullpen coach John Wetteland was taken to a Texas hospital on Thursday with what is being described as a “mental issue,” according to news reports. It seems that police arrived at Wetteland’s house shortly after receiving a phone call around 1:30 PM ET about a “possibly suicidal person.”
After police arrived at the home Wetteland apparently came out of his house with both arms in the air and told police that he “needed help.” Wetteland was then taken to Denton Regional Medical Center outside Dallas.
Wetteland, of course, was the Yankees closer at the beginning of their dynasty years in the late ’90s and won the World Series MVP award in 1996 after he saved all four of the Yankees’ victories in their six-game defeat of the Atlanta Braves. Wetteland retired from baseball following the 2000 season.
He was brought on to be the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen coach this season when the team hired Don Wakamatsu as their manager last winter.
The Mariners are aware of the situation but have not released any comments or official statement.