Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 19, 2004
Cal State Long Beach Pitcher Sweeps National Awards; Ends
2004 Season as Roger Clemens Award Recipient
Cal State Long Beach All-American pitcher Jered Weaver can truly close the
book on a remarkable 2004 campaign after winning the inaugural Roger Clemens Award,
given to the top pitcher in collegiate baseball.
Eight national awards later, the 49er right-hander, as if there was any doubt, is
the nation's top player in 2004.
This is the fifth time over the last six seasons that a player has swept all of
the major awards as Weaver joins Rickie Weeks (2003), Khalil Greene (2002), Mark
Prior (2001) and Jason Jennings (1999), as previous unanimous honorees. Prior and
Jennings are the only other pitchers, as the Clemens Award is in its first season
of existence, after being known as the Smith Award since its inception in 1988.
Weaver accepted the award from Roger Clemens in Houston on July 15. The other
finalists were J.P. Howell of Texas and Rice's Wade Townsend. The new award is
intended to become college's version of the Cy Young Award, an honor that Clemens
has captured six times in his Hall of Fame career.
Weaver went 15-1 with a 1.62 earned-run average in 2004, striking out 213 while
walking just 21. Only five pitchers previously in NCAA history had struck out more
batters in a season than CSULB's all-time leader in strikeouts, wins and innings
pitched. Weaver finished the season tied for first in the nation in wins and
strikeouts and second in ERA.
Earlier in the week, Weaver was named the 2004 Golden Spikes Award winner, an
award sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association. He beat out Ole
Miss' designated-hitter Stephen Head, Arizona State shortstop Dustin Pedroia,
Texas right-hander Huston Street and Rice pitcher Townsend for the honor.
The Dirtbags' top pitcher previously was awarded the Dick Howser Award and National
Player of the Year honor from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America,
Collegebasebalinsider.com, the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association
and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
"I never expected any of these awards to come, so to even be among the top five
amateur players in the country, that's a very big honor," said Weaver, who was
the 12th overall pick in the amatuer baseball draft, going to the Anaheim Angels.
"This past season, I just tried to keep my team in ballgames, and I was able to