Sunday, June 14, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #139: John Wetteland
PHOTO: Wetteland looks like he was just told that he has to wash the vets' jocks after practice. A love the glimpse of the batting cage behind him and what looks like a guy in a red jersey.
STAT: From 1992 to 2000, he had the most saves in baseball, by far.
ANAGRAM: John Wetteland = Handle jet town. Ironically, this suggests that he should have pitched well against Seattle, but we all remember the 1995 ALDS when he got absoluetly torched by the Mariners.
Wetteland really did have a great career. He walked away when he could still pitch, probably leaving 4-5 more good years on the table. His finale resume includes more than 300 saves, a stretch from 1992-2000 when he was one of the top closers in baseball, more than 1 strikeout per inning pitched with low hit and walk totals, one championship, and one World Series MVP award. Not too shabby.