Weavering Through The Web
Aaron Gleeman of The Hardball Times is the latest to hop aboard The Weaver Wagon. He writes an excellent recap of the USA TODAY story by David Leon Moore and gives me credit in the meantime.
Those of you who are blog readers know this already, but Rich Lederer of All-Baseball.com has been following Weaver's amazing exploits all season on his blog, Rich's Baseball Beat. Lederer has attended and reported on a bunch of Weaver's starts and his recaps of the games and stories of the scouts sitting near him are must-reads.
Aaron specifically mentions the article I wrote last month comparing Weaver to Mark Prior as well as my coverage of Jered's one-hit, 15-strikeout masterpiece vs. UCLA at Petco Park in March when I spoke to the Padres' scouting director Bill "Chief" Gayton about the phenom after the game.
Gleeman also makes an observation that Weaver's combined sophomore and junior seasons are virtually identical to Pedro Martinez's stats in 2000--a year that some have dubbed the greatest single-season pitching performance ever.
IP ERA SO BB H
Pedro 2000 217.0 1.74 284 32 128
Weaver 03-04 214.0 1.60 262 31 127
Unlike a lot of writers, Gleeman does his homework. That's why you'll be reading his articles for years to come.