Brock Weimer, senior catcher for SIUE baseball, slides in home for the eleventh time this season, breaking the school record for career home runs.
Weimer hit his 34th career home run April 28, beating the career record set by outfielder Devin Caldwell in 2014. He also is second-best on the team with a .293 batting average this season. Last season, he also led the team with 12 doubles and was third on the team with 50 hits, second on the team with 30 runs scored and tied for the team lead with 16 multi-hit games.
Weimer first played tee ball at 4 years old and has played baseball ever since. He said breaking the school record for career home runs is an accomplishment he hopes will help him end the season strong.
“It feels really good to produce, and we still have three weeks to go, and they are going to be important weeks [for the team] as we get closer to the conference tournament,” Weimer said. “Hopefully I can finish the year strong, both individually and as a team.”
Head Coach Sean Lyons said Weimer is a one-of-a-kind player and coaching him has been a pleasure.
“[Weimer] is one of those guys that comes along not very often. He’s a pleasure to coach because he shows up to practice and workouts every single day and you know what you’re going to get,” Lyons said. “[Weimer] is very detailed-oriented and works extremely hard and purposeful at his craft.”
Weimer said he likes being a catcher for the team because he gets to work with pitchers and see their different pitching styles.
“I like getting to work with all of the pitchers, and every guy is a little different,” Weimer said. “You kind of get to be in control of the game with the [pitchers], and it’s definitely a unique spot on the field, and I enjoy it.”
Weimer also recorded a seven-game hitting streak April 8 through 18, collected a season-high three hits March 10 at Murray State, led the team with nine multi-runs batted in games, drove in a season-high five runs batted in April 8 at Eastern Kentucky and made 50 starts, including 28 behind the plate and 22 as the designated hitter.
Weimer said he has been lucky being able to play for coaches like the ones at SIUE.
“[Coaches Sean Lyons, Tyler Hancock, Brandon Scott and Evan McDonald], they have all helped me tremendously with my development as a player, and they are just great people as well,” Weimer said. “It just makes showing up and putting in the work to practice a little bit easier when you’re playing for such good coaches.”
Lyons said Weimer is not only a great player but a great person.
“[Weimer is] off the charts,” Lyons said. “As good of a baseball player as [Weimer] may be and all the accomplishments that he is starting to have, he is an even better human being. He is a guy that all the players look up to because of him being such a great teammate and person.”
Outfielder Dustin Woodcock said Weimer is an idol student-athlete.
“He’s the best guy I’ve ever met and just all around as a person is a guy that everybody respects and, obviously, is a good time to be around,” Woodcock said. “He has an insane work ethic. He’s kind of the definition of an idol student-athlete because he does everything the right way — he doesn’t do the partying thing, he gets good grades and he puts in extra work all the time,” Woodcock said.
According to Weimer, the last four years at SIUE have been a good time.
“It’s been a really fun four years, and I made a lot of really good friends, so it’s definitely going to be a bit bittersweet,” Weimer said. “It’s nice to graduate and earn a degree, but at the same time it’s going to be different not having baseball at SIUE in the future.”
Weimer has a couple of activities he likes to participate in during the off-season.
“When I’m not playing baseball, I like to fish, and, in the off-season, I like to hunt as well,” Weimer said.
Lyons said Weimer will be missed after he graduates from SIUE.
“The person and the player are irreplaceable. Players and people like [Weimer] don’t come around every year, and he will be largely missed here at SIUE after this year, without a doubt,” Lyons said.