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Jered Weaver Wins First Rogers Clemens Award
July 16, 2004
HOUSTON -- Jered Weaver, the lanky righthander from Long Beach State, who dominated college hitters all season, was named the winner of the first Roger Clemens Award as the top pitcher in college baseball. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the inaugural Roger Clemens Award Dinner at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.
Weaver matched the sixth highest strikeout total in NCAA history, fanning 213 batters in 2004. He finished the year 15-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 19 starts this season. He walked just 21 in 144 innings of work while leading Long Beach to the Super Regional round of the NCAA playoffs. Twice in the season, he fanned the first 10 batters he faced in a game. He fanned 16 of 18 batters he faced in a start vs. Wichita State. Weaver was selected with the 12th overall selection in the major league draft by the Anaheim Angels.
Weaver was selected in a national vote of all D-1 head baseball coaches, selected national college baseball media and the 16 past winners of the Rotary R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was retired in 2003 to make way for the Clemens Award. He was chosen over fellow Clemens Award finalists J. P. Howell of Texas and Wade Townsend of Rice.
With the Clemens Award, Weaver earned a clean sweep of the major college baseball awards, having previously been presented the Dick Howser, Golden Spike and Baseball America Player of the Year Awards.
The Roger Clemens Award presentation capped a busy schedule for all three finalists in Houston. All three finalists arrived in Houston on Wednesday for a private reception with the underwriters of the Roger Clemens Award dinner. On Thursday, they toured the Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Care Center to visit with patients before attending the award dinner.
Presented by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, net proceeds from The Roger Clemens Award Dinner will benefit The Roger Clemens Foundation, The Karl Young Summer College League and Baseball USA.