PERSONAL: John Karl Wetteland...resides in Argyle, TX, with his wife Michele and four children: twin daughters Addie and Katie (14), son J.D. (9) and daughter Annabelle (6)...graduated from Cardinal Newman H.S. in Santa Rosa, CA, in 1983...originally selected by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the June Draft, but did not sign... attended the College of San Mateo and played one season...enters the 2009 season 11th in all-time saves with 330 in his career...spent 2007 & 2008 teaching high school Bible classes and serving as an assistant baseball coach for Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas.
MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: Entering his second season as the Mariners bullpen coach, and his third as a big league coach overall...helped the Mariners bullpen to rank third in the AL in ERA in '09 (3.83) and mentored David Aardsma in his first year as a closer (38 saves)...was bullpen coach in Washington in 2006...spent three seasons as a minor league roving pitching coordinator in the Texas Rangers system...started his coaching career working with the Rangers Instructional League team in 2002.
PLAYING CAREER: Selected by Los Angeles (NL) in the second round of the secondary phase of the January, 1985 draft...played 12 seasons in the Majors with the Dodgers (1989-91), Montreal (1992-94), the Yankees (1995-96) and Texas (1997-2000)...had 330 career saves, currently 11th on the all-time list...recorded at least 30 saves in eight of his nine seasons as a full-time closer...had four seasons with 40 or more saves, including 1996 when he led the AL with 43 saves and was the 1996 World Series MVP after saving all four of New York's wins (vs. Atlanta)...won AL Rolaids Relief Award in 1996...was a three-time All-Star (1996, 1998, 1999)...recorded his 300th save May 12, 2000 at Anaheim, tying Lee Smith as the then-youngest pitcher to accomplish the feat...recorded at least one save in 32 different Major League parks.