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Weaver Profiled in USA Today

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It is a generally good piece by Bob Nightengale, who is among the better beat writers in MLB. There is a lot made of the below-market deal Weaver signed to secure his dream of playing close to home and family, along with analysis from Boras regarding how much potential money Weaver left on the table by not testing free agency, and how this can be viewed in regards to the impending free agency for Cole Hamels. However, Nightengale adds his name to the growing list of geographically-illiterate writers when discussing the childhood of Weaver: "For the first time, after growing up near Angel Stadium and attending Long Beach State, his parents wouldn't have been able to see him every home game." In the age of Google Maps being available on just about any nearby resource, how can anyone view the relationship between the Simi Valley and Angel Stadium as nearby? In the middle of the night, with traffic flowing as clearly as possible, it's about a 90 minute drive, and at the times games are normally played it is about an hour more than that. True, Angel Stadium is closer to Weaver's ancestral home than are Toronto, Miami and Seattle, but writers too often conflate growing up somewhere in Southern California with being close to Angel Stadium, as if Weaver and Trumbo rode bikes together along the Santa Ana River as kids. In fact, I seem to recall Weaver saying in an earlier interview that he grew up a Dodgers fan because of the closer proximity. Now THERE is an angle for the story...

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