John Wehner
Utility player
Born: (1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 55)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 17, 1991, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Home runs4
Runs batted in54
Teams
Career highlights and awards

John Paul Wehner (pronounced "Waner")[1] (born June 29, 1967) is an American former utility player in Major League Baseball (MLB) and a current broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His nickname is "Rock".

Career

A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Carrick High School, Wehner was drafted out of Indiana University by the Pirates in the 7th round of the 1988 MLB draft and made his MLB debut on July 17, 1991.[2] He was in the Pirates' organization, splitting his time between MLB and their minor league affiliates, through the 1996 season. In 1997 he joined the Florida Marlins as a bench player, staying there for two seasons before rejoining the Pirates in 1999.[2]

He retired from playing in 2001 after hitting the final home run and making the final out in the history of Three Rivers Stadium. In 11 seasons in MLB, Wehner compiled a .249 batting average with four home runs and 54 RBI in 461 games.[2] He played every position except pitcher at least 3 times. He also shares the MLB record of 99 consecutive errorless games at third base with Jeff Cirillo and has a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins for the 1997 season.

Broadcasting

After retiring from playing, Wehner took a job as hitting coach for the Altoona Curve, a Pirates minor league affiliate, and held that position from 2002 through 2004. In 2005 he began working as a color commentator for AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and the Pirates Radio Network.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "1992 Upper Deck baseball card # 752".
  2. ^ a b c "John Wehner Stats". BaseballReference.com.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Broadcasters". MLB.com.