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July 23, 1989 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
Take heart, you Dodger fans who realize this year's miracle has taken itself out of the lineup. Everything with this team is not terrible. Everything is not sullen, sulking or sore-shouldered. Some of what is happening is funny. Some of it is weird. Some of it will even keep you awake. His name is John Wetteland. He is the Dodger rookie relief pitcher who, according to one scout, "has the best young arm in the National League." But that's only his main job.
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July 8, 2000
Jason Reid incessantly writes of teams and players failing to meet expectations. "The Dodgers hope to perform better in the second half . . . after failing to meet expectations in their first 81 games." [July 6] He never refers to whose expectations. Any knowledgeable baseball fan understands the futility of going to battle with a starting rotation composed of one star (Brown), one inconsistent (Park), one enigmatic (Dreifort), one unproven (Gagne), one known stiff (Perez) and one over-the-hill pitcher (Hershiser)
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May 1, 1992 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Wetteland thought it was wonderful when he was traded by the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds on Nov. 27. He thought it was even more wonderful when he was traded by the Reds to the Montreal Expos two weeks later. That was the strange but wonderful winter in which Wetteland went from an uncertain future with the Dodgers to a bullpen seat with the Reds to the pivotal closer assignment with the rebuilding Expos.
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June 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Yankees can do it with pitching, defense and three solo homers, too. After New York slugged the Red Sox into submission in the series opener, Andy Pettitte outpitched Pedro Martinez and Shane Spencer threw out a runner at the plate to preserve the Yankees' 3-0 win over Boston on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. "To win a game like we did last night, and then beat Pedro tonight," Yankee Manager Joe Torre said, "if that doesn't do something for our confidence, I don't know what will."
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November 9, 1996
Is the John Wetteland who saved all four of the Yankee victories in the World Series and was voted the MVP the same John Wetteland that Fred Claire shuffled off to Montreal before finding out what he could really do? Of course, Wetteland is a common name, so it might be he is another pitcher with the same last name. LEONARD MOMZUR Beverly Hills
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June 11, 2000
John Wetteland's name is rarely mentioned anymore when discussions turn to the game's best closers, but his consistency has been remarkable. Wetteland who came up through the Dodgers' system but now pitches relief for the Texas Rangers, has amassed 25 or more saves for eight consecutive seasons. His low season of 25 saves came in strike-shortened 1994, and last season was the first during the streak that his earned-run average was above 3.00.
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May 18, 1996 | Associated Press
The New York Yankees gave John Wetteland a check for $333,333 and eliminated the risk of having an arbitrator declare the reliever a free agent. The Yankees and Wetteland agreed in February to a contract that pays him $4 million this season. But the team paid him at a $2-million annual rate during April and a grievance was filed. . . . The Yankees put Jimmy Key on the 15-day disabled list because of a stiff shoulder. . . .
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February 20, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
John Wetteland, the former New York Yankee pitcher now with the Texas Rangers, is regarded as an extremist. "Coffee? You have not had a caffeine jolt until you taste 'John Wetteland Clubhouse Espresso,' " Gerry Fraley writes in the Dallas Morning News. "He pours freshly brewed coffee over coffee beans and collects the drippings to make his favorite drink." That's one way to stay awake on the mound. * Trivia time: Who holds the Pacific 10 Conference basketball record for assists in a career?
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June 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
Relief ace John Wetteland blew a save for the third time in four tries, giving up run-scoring hits to pinch-hitters Dave Magadan and Mark Bellhorn in the eighth inning as Oakland overcame a three-run deficit to defeat Texas, 7-5, Sunday night. Wetteland, who relieved Xavier Hernandez in the eighth, has four blown saves in his last eight tries. He has one save since June 15 and has given up eight runs--six earned--in his last five games.
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June 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
Miguel Tejada's two-run triple keyed a three-run ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics rallied against John Wetteland for a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Wetteland, who started the ninth with a major league-leading 23 saves, allowed consecutive pinch-hit singles to Tim Raines and Mike Macfarlane. Tony Phillips drove in the tying run with a single to right, scoring Raines. Then Tejada tripled to left center, driving in Macfarlane and Phillips to make it 5-3.
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June 11, 2000
John Wetteland's name is rarely mentioned anymore when discussions turn to the game's best closers, but his consistency has been remarkable. Wetteland who came up through the Dodgers' system but now pitches relief for the Texas Rangers, has amassed 25 or more saves for eight consecutive seasons. His low season of 25 saves came in strike-shortened 1994, and last season was the first during the streak that his earned-run average was above 3.00.
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June 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
Miguel Tejada's two-run triple keyed a three-run ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics rallied against John Wetteland for a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Wetteland, who started the ninth with a major league-leading 23 saves, allowed consecutive pinch-hit singles to Tim Raines and Mike Macfarlane. Tony Phillips drove in the tying run with a single to right, scoring Raines. Then Tejada tripled to left center, driving in Macfarlane and Phillips to make it 5-3.
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August 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Texas closer John Wetteland took the mound to start the top of the ninth inning with a three-run lead Thursday night, and didn't want to face Boston Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn. But five batters later, that's exactly what happened. Wetteland ended the game by striking out Vaughn on a full count with runners on first and second for his 30th save, and the Rangers extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-4 victory.
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August 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
John Wetteland was about to make his first trip to the plate in three years, and he had nothing to bring with him. Using Billy Ripken's bat and a helmet worn by former Ranger Dean Palmer, he hit an RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday and picked up a win against his former team as Texas beat the New York Yankees, 8-5. Wetteland was forced to bat because the lineup was juggled in the eighth inning when designated hitter Ivan Rodriguez was moved to catcher.
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June 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
Relief ace John Wetteland blew a save for the third time in four tries, giving up run-scoring hits to pinch-hitters Dave Magadan and Mark Bellhorn in the eighth inning as Oakland overcame a three-run deficit to defeat Texas, 7-5, Sunday night. Wetteland, who relieved Xavier Hernandez in the eighth, has four blown saves in his last eight tries. He has one save since June 15 and has given up eight runs--six earned--in his last five games.
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June 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
In his first visit to Coors Field, John Wetteland learned why the place is a pitcher's nightmare. Wetteland gave up a three-run homer to Andres Galarraga and a bases-loaded walk to Walt Weiss in the ninth inning Wednesday, giving the Colorado Rockies a 10-9 victory over the Texas Rangers. Wetteland, who had given up only three runs in 28 2/3 innings all season before the Colorado series, said the home-run pitch wasn't where he wanted it.
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August 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
John Wetteland was about to make his first trip to the plate in three years, and he had nothing to bring with him. Using Billy Ripken's bat and a helmet worn by former Ranger Dean Palmer, he hit an RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday and picked up a win against his former team as Texas beat the New York Yankees, 8-5. Wetteland was forced to bat because the lineup was juggled in the eighth inning when designated hitter Ivan Rodriguez was moved to catcher.
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August 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Texas closer John Wetteland took the mound to start the top of the ninth inning with a three-run lead Thursday night, and didn't want to face Boston Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn. But five batters later, that's exactly what happened. Wetteland ended the game by striking out Vaughn on a full count with runners on first and second for his 30th save, and the Rangers extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-4 victory.
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April 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
The New York Yankees keep getting burned by a bad bullpen. The Yankees watched their relief corps fail again, losing their fifth consecutive game, 5-4, Thursday to the Milwaukee Brewers when reliever David Weathers walked John Jaha with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning at Milwaukee.
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February 20, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
John Wetteland, the former New York Yankee pitcher now with the Texas Rangers, is regarded as an extremist. "Coffee? You have not had a caffeine jolt until you taste 'John Wetteland Clubhouse Espresso,' " Gerry Fraley writes in the Dallas Morning News. "He pours freshly brewed coffee over coffee beans and collects the drippings to make his favorite drink." That's one way to stay awake on the mound. * Trivia time: Who holds the Pacific 10 Conference basketball record for assists in a career?
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