Former World Series MVP John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge

John Wetteland, a former World Series MVP and member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, was arrested Monday on a charge of child sex abuse.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Wetteland allegedly abused a 4-year-old relative beginning in 2004. Authorities believe the abuse continued twice more in the following years, according to an affidavit. Here are more details from the Morning News:

Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest.

He had forced a young relative to perform a sex act on him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was just four years old.

The abuse occurred at Wetteland’s home in Bartonville, the affidavit stated. It happened twice more over a two-year period, the victim said.

Wetteland pitched in the majors from 1989 to 2000, moving from starter to closer in 1990 and finding success with the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He was named the World Series MVP in 1996 with the Yankees, but the team allowed him to become a free agent weeks later due to the emergence of Mariano Rivera. He signed with the Rangers and spent four seasons in Arlington, retiring at 33 after becoming the team’s all-time saves leader with 150 — a record he still holds.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 1: John Wetteland #35 of the New York Yankees pitches during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on June 1, 2000 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, : The New York Yankees pitcher John Wetteland celebrates after the final out after beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 to win the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, 13 October. The Yankees won the series 4-1. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
26 Oct 1996: Closer John Wetteland of the New York Yankees celebrates with teammates after Game Six of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York. The Yankees won the game, 3-2.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: World Series MVP John Wetteland (lower right) and fellow relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (lower center) are joined by the rest of the New York Yankees' relievers, including Graeme Lloyd (top, rear), Dale Pollak (left of Lloyd), and Dave Pavliss (L) on a float honoring them in the ticker tape parade for the World Series champions 29 October. (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
20 Apr 1997: Pitcher John Wetteland of the Texas Rangers winds up to throw a pitch during the Rangers 10-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Ball Park in Arlington in Arlington, TexasMandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
USA - APRIL 27: John Wetteland of the Texas Rangers poses for a photo on April 27, 1997. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 6: John Wetteland of the Texas Rangers pitches against the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark on August 6, 1997 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers defeated the New York Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
28 Feb 1998: Pitcher John Wetteland #35 of the Texas Rangers in action during a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at Charlotte County Stadium in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Rangers 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart
TORONTO, CANADA: Texas Rangers closing pitcher John Wetteland (L) pats catcher Ivan Rodriguez after Wetteland went 1.1 hitless inning in relief and recorded his first save of the year against the Toronto Blue Jays at Toronto's Skydome 05 April. The Rangers beat the Jays 6-5. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
18 Apr 1999: Pitcher John Wetteland #35 of the Texas Rangers winds up for the pitch during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
ARLINGTON, UNITED STATES: Texas Ranger pitcher John Wetteland delivers a pitch in the top of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at The Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, TX 07 April. Wetteland was able to hold off the Tiger rally, earning his first save of the year as the Rangers beat the Tigers 10-7. AFP PHOTO PAUL BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, UNITED STATES: Texas Rangers pitcher John Wetteland signs autographs for fans before the Hall of Fame Game 26 July, 1999 in Cooperstown, NY. The game featured the Texas Rangers against the Kansas City Royals. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 26: Former Montreal Expos pitcher John Wetteland (57) salutes the criwd when entering the field before the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Toronto Blue Jays spring training game on March 26, 2018, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
26 Oct 1996: Pitcher John Wetteland of the New York Yankees celebrates after Game Six of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York. The Yankees won the game, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

He moved to coaching after that, and was hired as pitching coach by the Washington Nationals in 2006. But Wetteland was fired after six months due to persistent practical jokes and failing to listen to manager Frank Robinson, who asked him to stop multiple times. He was the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and 2010, but that stint wasn’t without incident. In November 2009, Wetteland was hospitalized after police were called to his home to respond to a possible suicide threat. The incident was blamed on elevated blood pressure and heart rate issues in a statement released by Wetteland and the Mariners.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Wetteland is a born-again Christian who has taught Bible studies and coached baseball at a nearby Christian school. It’s not known if the sex abuse charge has anything to do with the school, though the Dallas Morning News reported that Wetteland no longer has any connection to it.

Wetteland posted $25,000 bond after his arrest and was released on Monday.

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