After enjoying a professional career spanning 12 years, LBSU alumnus Jared Weaver has decided to hang up his glove and walk away from baseball this summer. Weaver called it quits on Aug. 16 via a press release from the San Diego Padres.
“I’ve decided to step away from baseball,” said Weaver. “While I’ve been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to.”
Nonetheless, Weaver led an accomplished career that culminated in three American League All-Star selections.
During his tenure at The Beach, he went 37–9, with his best season coming in 2004 when he went 15–1 with a 1.62 ERA and 213 strikeouts to 21 walks in 144 innings. Weaver concluded his college career with a multitude of honors, including the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in America, the Dick Houser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year, and the Roger Clemens Award as college baseball’s top pitcher. He was also named the starting pitcher on the All-American first team by Baseball America.
Initially drafted 12th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2004, the notable alumnus made quick work of the minor leagues, eventually making his major league debut on May 27, 2006. That year, he ended with an 11–2 record in 19 games with a 2.56 ERA and 105 strikeouts to 33 walks in 123 innings.
“While I’ve been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to.”
After his debut in the majors, Weaver had a couple of rough years before he bounced back in the 2010–2012 seasons. That was when the right-handed pitcher hit his peak and landed an American League All-Star nod each season. His best year came in 2012 when he posted a 20–5 record in 30 games with a 2.81 ERA and 142 strikeouts to 45 walks in 188.2 innings. That year, Weaver came in third for a Cy Young Award and 22nd for AL Most Valuable Player.
Weaver continues to rep the Dirtbags and keep the campus close to his heart. The bond with LBSU compelled him to donate $500,000 for renovations for Blair Field in 2016. He joins former LBSU alumnus Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Toronto Blue Jays in donations. Combined they have given $1.6 million to the $20 million renovation project.
“I never thought I’d be in a position to be able to give back to a team that did so much for me,” he said. “There’s not an amount of money that I could give to show them how much I appreciate everything they did.”