Ben Weber (baseball)
November 16, 1969 |
Port Arthur, Texas
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 3, 2000 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 8, 2005 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||3.77|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ben Edward Weber (born November 17, 1969 in Port Arthur, Texas) was a Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. Weber was known for his strange pitching windup. He would pump his glove up and down twice in which he then made his high leg kick and then would release the ball with his arm at three quarters angle.
Weber attended Port Neches-Groves High School and then the University of Houston. Weber was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round (537th overall) of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. After spending six years in the Blue Jays minor league system, Weber left and pitched in the independent Western Baseball League for the Salinas Peppers in 1996 and in Taiwan at Taiwan Major League(defunct) from 1997 to 1998. In 1999, he pitched in the San Francisco Giants minor league system. On April 3, 2000, Weber made his major league debut against the Florida Marlins at the age of 30.
Weber was the pitcher in game 5 of the 2002 World Series when Kenny Lofton of the San Francisco Giants hit a triple off of him. J. T. Snow of the Giants, while scoring on the play swooped up by the back of the jacket and carried off the batboy, 3-year-old Darren Baker. The young batboy and son of then Giants’ manager Dusty Baker was at home plate to collect Lofton's bat before the play was completed. This turned into a touching and memorable incident, but easily could have resulted in disaster with a small child wandering into the path of Snow and David Bell as they both barreled home to score. Following the incident with Darren Baker, Major League Baseball required batboys and girls to be at least 14 years of age.
In August 2000, Weber was traded to the Anaheim Angels and his career was changed. In 2002, Weber and the Angels went on to win the 2002 World Series. Weber's best years came in 2002 and 2003, when he posted an ERA below 3.00. In 2004, Weber dealt with recurring back and neck injuries and struggled through a difficult season in which he posted an ERA over 8.00. Weber was released by the Angels in September 2004. On December 15, 2004, Weber signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Weber couldn't regain his old form and posted an 8.03 ERA while appearing in only 10 games.
In January 2006, Weber signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. At the start of the season, Weber was sent to the Blue Jays' AAA club in Syracuse where he posted a 4.33 ERA in just over 43 innings before being released June 29, 2006. Weber went to spring training with the Houston Astros in 2007. He requested (and was granted) his release prior to the start of the regular season.
Ben Weber retired after spring training in 2007. Ben then attended Texas Chiropractic College where he obtained his doctorate of chiropractic degree. He presently resides in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife Marisa and his triplets Jack, Alexis,and Chloe. Dr. Ben Weber, practices at Health Star Chiropractic where he helps patients with all kinds of problems, including sports injuries.