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Have the Angels failed Jered Weaver by not signing him to retire as an Angel?

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Jered Weaver gave the best years of his career to the Angels - literally

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Jered Weaver: Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 1st round (12th) of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft.

Jered Weaver is an Angels legend. He always will be. From finishing 5th in ROY voting in 2006 to top 5 in the CY Young Award 3 years in a row, and of course a 3 time All Star as an Angel.

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Weaver at the 2012 All Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim
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Weaver even pitched in 4 post seasons with an ERA of 2.60 over 27.2 innings. And of course - he tossed a no-hitter as an Angel in 2012.

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Weaver completes his no-hitter
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Jered Weaver nearly spent his ENTIRE professional career as an Angel - 12 years of his 13 in professional baseball. I understand the business side of not re-signing him in 2017 but it was a bummer. Still, Weaver didn’t go far - just a bit south to pitch in San Diego and try to make it for one last season.

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Young Jered Weaver in 2006
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Weaver had a huge career as an Angel:

  • 150 wins (2nd)
  • 3.55 ERA
  • 322 games started (2nd)
  • 2,024 IP (3rd)
  • 1,598 Ks (3rd)
  • .617 WPCT (1st)

When you have a guy who has had that much impact on an organization - why not bring him back for a one day deal and let him hang it up as an Angel? There is still time to do the right thing. Arte/Billy - are you listening??

It’s not like there hasn’t been a precedent. In 2014, Vladimir Guerrero signed a 1-day contract so he could retire as an Angel - 3 years after his MLB retirement in 2011 and 5 years after he last played with the Angels. In 2016, the Angels did the same thing for Chone Figgins when they inked him to a 1-day deal after he had been retired for 2 years.

Given those timeframes of Guerrero and Figgins, It’s possible the Angels still have this in store. But what are they waiting for? Give the fans something to look forward to in 2018 since the season is lost. Bring him in, fill up the seats, and honor an Angels great by letting him “officially” retire with a Halo.