Former All-Star closer John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charges

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The Dallas Morning News reports that former All-Star closer John Wetteland has been arrested on child sex abuse charges in Denton County, Texas. The specific charge, as stated in the report, accuses Wetteland “continuously sexually abusing a child under 14.” He has been released on $25,000 bail.

Wetteland, who is divorced and has four children, was a big league pitcher from 1989-2000, starring for the Dodgers, Expos, Yankees and Rangers. He led the American League with 43 saves in 1996 and, with Mariano Rivera setting up for him, helped the Yankees win their first World Series title in 18 years. He was a three-time All-Star and completed his 12-year career with 330 saves, which currently has him at 15th on the All-Time list.

Following his playing career he served as a bullpen coach for both the Washington Nationals and the Seattle Mariners.

Obviously we’ll update this if and when more information comes to light.