Jeff Weaver declined to speak to the media after a three-inning start against Anaheim, and it was probably the right thing for him to do.
After two terrible starts, his third lasted three innings and 68 laborious pitches, after which manager Mike Hargrove pulled him, trailing 3-0. Weaver wasn’t happy about that.
He’s not looking like a man who’s going to get much happier – not unless his pitching completely turns around. Like a lot of journeymen pitchers, Weaver believes he’s established himself.
He has, just not as a very good pitcher.
Weaver’s career record is 86-104 – 56-76 in the American League.
He had two opportunities to pitch this season, when as a free agent he attracted exactly two teams, St. Louis and Seattle. In St. Louis, he was regarded as something of a hero, having won the deciding game of the World Series last year.
In Seattle, he had the chance to make more money on a last-place team.
Guess which he chose?
Weaver didn’t speak after being pulled early. He might want to consider not speaking for quite some time – anything he says can and probably will be held against him.