CBS 11 in DFW reports today that former major league pitcher and current bullpen coach of the Seattle Mariners John Wetteland has been hospitalized at Denton Regional Medical Center in the Dallas area.
(Wetteland was World Series MVP for Yankees in 1996)
Denton County officials say Wetteland was hospitalized for a mental health issue. The Denton County Sheriff’s office says they took a call from the Bartonville area around 12:30 Thursday on a possibly suicidal person. When officers arrived to the home, a man later identified as Wetteland came out with his hands in the air, saying he “needed help.”
Wetteland enjoyed a very successful career, recording the most saves of any pitcher in the ’90s and winning the World Series MVP with the Yankees in 1996.
He retired as a pitcher in 2000 and has coached in the major leagues through this season.
In its report on Wetteland, the NEW YORK POST surmises, “Former Yankee Wetteland hospitalized after possible suicide attempt.”
The original report from CBS 11 does not indicate that it has been confirmed that Wetteland attempted suicide, but a source in Dallas tells me that is a possibility. But again, not confirmed.