August 22nd, 2011

August 22 – Happy Birthday Jeff Weaver

I was a Ted Lilly fan back when the left-hander was a young Yankee trying to become part of New York’s starting rotation in 2001 and the beginning of  ’02. Then, right around the 2002 All Star break, the Yankees made a complicated and confusing three team trade involving the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers. When it was over, Lilly was no longer a Yankee and the flaky Jeff “Dream” Weaver was. All of baseball loved Weaver’s stuff during his three-plus year stay in Motown, but he pitched poorly as a starter in Pinstripes, forcing Joe Torre to use him in the bullpen. After posting a 7-9 record and a 5.99 ERA in 2003, the Yankees sent Weaver to the Dodgers for the infamous Kevin Brown. He won 25 games for LA in 2004 and ’05 and then joined Angels as a free agent in 2006. The Angels than traded Weaver to the Cardinals just before the 2006 All Star break to make room on their roster for Jeff’s younger brother Jered. The deal worked out OK for both siblings because Jeff went onto help the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series and Jered has become the ace of the Angels staff.

In ’07, Jeff signed with Seattle but pitched poorly that year and ended up back in the minors in 2008. Weaver, who was born on August 22, 1976 in Northridge CA, then rejoined the Dodgers and Joe Torre in Los Angeles the following season. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2010. Ted Lilly, who now also pitches for the Dodgers, went on to achieve double-digit victory totals for nine straight seasons after being dealt by New York.

Weaver shares his birthday with the starting catcher on the Yankees’ very first World Championship team and this current Yankee reliever.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP
2002 NYY 5 3 .625 4.04 15 8 3 0 0 2 78.0 81 38 35 12 15 57 3 1.231
2003 NYY 7 9 .438 5.99 32 24 3 0 0 0 159.1 211 113 106 16 47 93 11 1.619
11 Yrs 104 119 .466 4.71 355 274 21 16 7 2 1838.0 1997 1023 961 227 516 1214 124 1.367
LAD (4 yrs) 38 29 .567 4.20 139 75 14 3 2 0 567.1 574 278 265 66 163 400 38 1.299
DET (4 yrs) 39 51 .433 4.33 111 109 1 10 3 0 714.2 728 372 344 76 209 477 54 1.311
NYY (2 yrs) 12 12 .500 5.35 47 32 6 0 0 2 237.1 292 151 141 28 62 150 14 1.492
STL (1 yr) 5 4 .556 5.18 15 15 0 0 0 0 83.1 99 49 48 16 26 45 6 1.500
LAA (1 yr) 3 10 .231 6.29 16 16 0 0 0 0 88.2 114 68 62 18 21 62 4 1.523
SEA (1 yr) 7 13 .350 6.20 27 27 0 3 2 0 146.2 190 105 101 23 35 80 8 1.534
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/22/2013.