Justin Verlander

Baseball Player
Born Feb 20, 1983

Justin Brooks Verlander is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. In 2006, he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. On June 12, 2007, he pitched a no-hitter—the first ever at Comerica Park—against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 batters and walking four. He pitched a second no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, 2011, in Toronto, walking one and facing the minimum 27 batters.… Read More

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1983 Birth Born on February 20, 1983.


2002 19 Years Old On May 17, 2002, he struck out a then-school record 17 batters against James Madison.


2003 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, he set a school single-season record by recording 139 strikeouts. … Read More
Verlander was named the ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year in 2004, and was the second overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander made his professional debut in 2005. … Read More
…  He is currently the longest tenured player on the Tigers, and the only player left on the team from the 2006 American League Championship team. … Read More
2007 24 Years Old His success continued in 2007, as he accumulated 18 wins and posted a 3.66 ERA with 183 strikeouts in 201⅔ innings. … Read More
2008 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, Verlander lost four consecutive games before winning his first one. … Read More
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
…  Through 2011, Verlander had the best career strikeouts/9 innings percentage in Tigers history (8.3), and the second-best career win–loss percentage (.652; also the fourth-best percentage of all active pitchers).
Verlander finished the 2012 regular season with a 17–8 record. … Read More


Prior to the 2013 season, Verlander and the Tigers reached a seven-year, $180 million contract, with a $22 million vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2019. … Read More
On January 9, 2014, Verlander underwent core muscle surgery.
2015 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Verlander started the 2015 season on the disabled list due to a right triceps strain, ending his streak of seven consecutive opening day starts for the Tigers. … Read More
2016 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Verlander went into the 2016 All-Star break with an 8–6 record, 4.07 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in innings (9.2 K/9). … Read More
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