Justin Verlander
American baseball player
Justin Verlander
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.
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Tigers could have plenty of options for rotation
Fox News - about 1 month
DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander is set to start another opening day for the Detroit Tigers.
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Kate Upton Fires Off X-Rated Tweet After Justin Verlander Loses Cy Young
Huffington Post - 3 months
Plenty of baseball fans were stunned on Wednesday when Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox won the Cy Young Award over Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Verlander had 14 first-place votes for the award, compared with eight for Porcello ― but because the Boston pitcher received many more second-place votes, he had a higher total score. In addition, two baseball writers in Florida left Verlander off their ballots completely, which didn’t help his score.  That didn’t sit right with a number of fans ... including someone who just might be Verlander’s number one fan: his fiancee, Kate Upton.  She fired off a tweet that didn’t mince words:  Hey @MLB I thought I was the only person allowed to fuck @JustinVerlander ?! What 2 writers didn't have him on their ballot? — Kate Upton (@KateUpton) November 16, 2016 She also sent a couple of follow-up tweets: He had the majority of 1st place votes and 2 writers didn't have him on their ballots?!! can y ...
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Cleveland Indians rest, Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers roll in 12-0 victory - cleveland.com
Google News - 5 months
cleveland.com Cleveland Indians rest, Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers roll in 12-0 victory cleveland.com At least the regulars who helped the Indians win the AL Central. Manager Terry Francona's lineup card featured the Tribe's platoon players and reserves. Carlos Santana was the only regular who started, and that was as the designated hitter. It was just ... and more »
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Angels struggle with the Tigers' Justin Verlander in 4-2 loss
LATimes - 6 months
Late Friday night, after resurgent Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander dominated the Angels at Comerica Park, Mike Trout said he recalled watching Verlander blow 100 mph fastballs by him his first year in the major leagues. So, this latest effort, Trout said, was not quite as tough as that. Yet,...
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Cruz Homers After Verlander, Felix Duel; Mariners Top Tigers
NYTimes - 7 months
Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander couldn't settle things Wednesday night, so slugger Nelson Cruz decided the outcome with his bat.
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Tigers' version of rock-paper-scissors features water cooler smash to the head
ABC News - 7 months
On Wednesday, Detroit Tigers stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were generous enough to give the world a glimpse of the team's very odd -- and violent -- version of rock-paper-scissors. The two players in question are shortstop  Jose Iglesias and second baseman Ian Kinsler, with Kinsler delivering the punishment and Iglesias absorbing the bonk to the head. While Verlander and Cabrera's sneak peak into Detroit's clubhouse is surely appreciated by the masses, the Tigers' game brings up a few questions, most pressing of which: What is the origin of the game? And how can we see more of it?
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Tigers 6, Yankees 1: Once Bedeviled, Justin Verlander Conquers His Bronx Demons
NYTimes - 9 months
And older and wiser Verlander, who had never won at the new Yankee Stadium, used cunning instead of power to finally get a win in his eighth chance.
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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander - 'the most down-to-earth people' - are engaged
LATimes - 10 months
Kate Upton took the occasion of her fourth Met Gala to share some big personal news: She and baseball player Justin Verlander are engaged. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model revealed Monday night in New York City that her fiance, who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, proposed to her just...
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Justin Verlander gets a happy birthday shout-out from Kate Upton
Fox News - about 1 year
Justin Verlander gets a happy birthday shout-out from Kate Upton
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Justin Verlander welcomes new teammate, apologizes for fastball to the groin
Fox News - about 1 year
Justin Verlander welcomes new teammate, apologizes for fastball to the groin
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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Injured Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was cleared Wednesday by doctors to start throwing again. Verlander, who suffered a triceps injury in late March during spring training, was given permission after an MRI on Tuesday, reviewed by his doctor, showed that inflammation in the area had subsided. The Tigers said in a statement that Verlander will begin a throwing program designed to return to full competition. The 32-year-old Verlander has a 152-89 record in 298 games as a starter with the Tigers.
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Detroit Tigers: can they bounce back vs. Cleveland?
isports web - almost 2 years
Ryan Raburn had little success during his time in Detroit but has came back to haunt the Tigers several times in recent years. For the first time this season, the Detroit Tigers lost 3 consecutive games as well as lost the series against the New York Yankees. However the Tigers have the chance to quickly turn their fortunes around in a  3 game series with the Cleveland Indians this weekend at Comerica Park. With reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and Tiger Killer Ryan Raburn on their roster, the Indians were expected to contend with the Tigers and Kansas City Royals for the AL Central title this season but have not lived up to those expectations thus far. Cleveland has an overall record of 5-9 and has lost 3 of their past 4 games. Two weeks ago the Tigers swept the Indians at Progressive Field, led by their big bats, scoring at least 8 runs in every game. This series is the second of many divisional matchups with the Indians and allows the Tigers the chance to rebound f ...
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AL Central Preview: Minnesota Twins set to struggle once again
isports web - almost 2 years
Over the past six months, the AL Central has become the most competitive division in all of major league baseball. Back in October, two teams from the central, the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, made the playoffs. The Royals even made a run all the way to the world series before losing to the San Francisco Giants and the historic Madison Bumgarner. Since the end of last season the division has only gotten stronger with all five teams adding key players to their clubs. While it is difficult to predict any division in the MLB, the AL Central tops all six in the category of unpredictability. There is no clear cut front-runner to win this division and four of the teams have a chance to contend for the pennant and eventually make a world series run. Sadly, the only thing I am confident of is the Twins finishing last in the division for the fourth time in five years. 1. Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber They are the most complete team in the division and will prove it in t ...
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Verlander Leaves With Triceps Cramping in Tigers' Loss
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Justin Verlander left with cramping in his right triceps Friday during the third inning of the Detroit Tigers' 4-1 rain-shortened loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Detroit Tigers: David Price named Opening Day starter
isports web - almost 2 years
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has made his decision on who the Opening Day starter will be, and his name isn’t Justin Verlander. According to reports, pitcher David Price will be the starter for the Tigers on Opening Day when they host the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. The Tigers acquired Price from the Tampa Bay Rays just minutes before the trade deadline in July in exchange for pitcher Drew Smyly and other prospects as well. This move will end Verlander’s streak of Opening Day starts at seven, four away from tying Jack Morris’s record of 11 straight starts on the first day of the new season. At 32-years-old, Verlander is coming off his worst season as a Tiger yet, finishing last year with an ERA of 4.54 and a record of 15-12 and had 159 strike outs in 206 innings pitched. Verlander has been a Tiger his whole career and is always a fan favorite, when he is pitching well obviously. For Ausmus though, he couldn’t have gone wrong with either choice. Verlander will be t ...
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Tigers Justin Verlander says he has thrown off mound, hopes for five spring starts - The Detroit News
Google News - about 3 years
ABC News Tigers Justin Verlander says he has thrown off mound, hopes for five spring starts The Detroit News As far as recovering from his offseason core surgery — which turned out to be both sides, by the way, not just the left — Verlander feels fine. So good, in fact, that he's already thrown off the mound at the Tigers complex here and hopes to make five starts ... Tigers' Verlander says he has thrown off moundHouston Chronicle Verlander says surgery was, 'blessing in disguise'WZZM Verlander expects to be ready by start of seasonLos Angeles Dodgers all 70 news articles »
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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Reunite for Super Bowl Weekend
ABC News - about 3 years
Kate Upton gets cozy with MLB pitcher Jason Verlander.     
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Kate Upton, Justin Verlander spotted at Super Bowl party
USA Today- Sports - about 3 years
The model was spotted with Justin Verlander at Super Bowl parties this week.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Justin Verlander
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    Verlander finished the 2016 season with a 16–9 record, while recording 254 strikeouts to lead the American League for the fourth time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details He also finished first in the AL with a 1.00 WHIP, and his 3.04 ERA ranked second. His strikeout rate of 10. per 9 IP was the second best of his career, trailing only the 10.1/9 rate posted in 2009. Verlander joined Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens as the only three American League pitchers in history to strike out 250 or more batters in a season after turning 33 years old. Verlander's younger brother, Ben Verlander, also plays for the Tigers organization as an outfielder. They played one game together during spring training.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Verlander was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. Verlander was 4–0 with a 1.69 ERA in six July starts, holding opposing hitters a .171 average and striking out 48 batters in innings. Among qualifying starters in the AL (minimum 28. innings pitched), Verlander finished July first in strikeouts, tied for first in innings pitched, third in ERA and tied for third in wins. Verlander allowed just 26 hits in his July innings, and had a .891 WHIP. On September 27, Verlander struck out 12 Cleveland Indians batters to give him a career-high eight games this season in which he totaled 10 or more strikeouts.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    Verlander finished 2015 with a 5–8 record in 20 starts, but his other stats were a considerable improvement over the previous season.
    More Details Hide Details He had a 3.38 ERA and 1.088 WHIP. His walk rate dropped to 2.2, while his strikeout rate inched back up to 7.6. On May 8, Verlander recorded his 1,981st strikeout in his Tiger career, surpassing Jack Morris for second place on the list of all-time Tiger strikeout leaders. He only trails Mickey Lolich, who had 2,679 strikeouts as a Tiger. On May 18, Verlander fanned Eddie Rosario of the Twins for his 2,000th career strikeout, becoming just the second Tigers pitcher to reach the milestone, following Lolich.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This marks the first time Verlander has been placed on the DL in his career, following 298 career starts and 1,978 innings pitched. Verlander has thrown more pitches than any other pitcher since his rookie season in 2006, with 32,535 pitches in the regular season, and 1,688 pitches in the postseason. On May 31, Verlander was sent to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens for a rehab assignment. It was his first time ever pitching for the Mud Hens, having gone straight from Double-A to the major leagues in 2005. He threw 79 pitches, 50 for strikes, allowing six hits and two walks in innings. He fared better in his second rehab start on June 6, lasting innings and throwing 93 pitches (69 for strikes). He gave up just one unearned run on four hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. Verlander made his season debut with the Tigers on June 13 against the Cleveland Indians. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He left the game with a 3–2 lead, but got a no-decision as the Indians came back against the Tiger bullpen to win the game.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    Verlander struggled in the first half of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details His strikeouts were down to 6.8 per nine innings pitched, opposed to an average of 9.2 over the last five years. His ERA and WHIP in the season's first half were also elevated to 4.71 and 1.49 respectively. Verlander was not named to the AL All-Star team for the first time since 2008, snapping a streak of five straight appearances. On August 11, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Verlander allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits in only one inning. Verlander left the game with right shoulder soreness, in his shortest outing of his career. His previous shortest outing was 1 innings in 2008. Verlander would miss his next start, the first time that had occurred in his career. Justin fared somewhat better in the second half of 2014. His season ERA and WHIP dropped to 4.54 and 1.398, respectively. He won his final three decisions to finish with a 15–12 record, and the Tigers won the game in 6 of his last 8 starts. Justin's strikeout rate remained low, however, as he finished with 159 strikeouts and a 6.9 K/9 IP rate, both the lowest since his 2006 rookie season.
    The Tigers projected that Verlander might miss opening day in the aftermath of his surgery but he eventually recovered just in time for when pitchers and catchers reported to training camp in February, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On March 16, Tiger manager Brad Ausmus announced that Verlander would make his seventh consecutive opening-day start on March 31. On April 12, Verlander got the first two hits of his major league career during a 6–2 road win over the San Diego Padres. This snapped a career 0-for-26 string.
    On January 9, 2014, Verlander underwent core muscle surgery.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 30
    The eventual World Series champ Red Sox eliminated the Tigers in six ALCS games. In the 2013 postseason, Verlander was 1–1 with a .39 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 23 postseason innings.
    More Details Hide Details The Tiger offense was shut out in two of his three starts.
    In Game 2 of the 2013 ALDS, Verlander struck out 11 Oakland Athletics hitters in seven shutout innings.
    More Details Hide Details Verlander did not get the win as the Tigers lost the game, 1–0, in the bottom of the ninth inning. In Game 5 of the same series, Verlander pitched eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 3–0 victory, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning. The win sent the Tigers to the American League Championship Series for the third consecutive year. Verlander defeated the Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS for the second straight season and is one of four starting pitchers in Major League history to have multiple wins in elimination postseason games, joining Bob Gibson, Chris Carpenter and Matt Cain. Verlander has thrown 30 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason against the Athletics, a major league record for a pitcher versus one team, surpassing Christy Mathewson's 28 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Athletics from 1905–11. Verlander is the second pitcher in Major League history with 10 or more strikeouts and zero runs allowed in back-to-back postseason games, joining Sandy Koufax in Games 5 and 7 of the 1965 World Series.
    Verlander finished the 2013 regular season with a 13–12 record, a 3.46 ERA, and 217 strikeouts.
    More Details Hide Details His 218 innings pitched were the lowest total since his 2008 season.
    Verlander was selected as a reserve pitcher for the American League All-Star team by his manager, Jim Leyland, who managed the 2013 AL team.
    More Details Hide Details It was Verlander's sixth All-Star selection, but due to him starting a game on July 14 for the Tigers, he was declared unavailable for the July 16 All-Star game. Entering the All-Star break, Verlander had a 10–6 record, 125 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This contract made him the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history. Verlander made his sixth-consecutive Opening Day start for the Tigers against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis and won 4–2. In a May 11 game against the Cleveland Indians, Verlander recorded his 1,500th career strikeout.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    He pitched Game 1 of the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants and gave up five earned runs in four innings pitched, including giving up two home runs to eventual World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval.
    More Details Hide Details Verlander finished second to David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays in a close AL Cy Young Award race. Verlander collected 149 points (12 first-place votes) to Price's 153 points (13 first-place votes). Verlander won (tie with David Price) his second consecutive AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award.
    Verlander made his only appearance in the 2012 ALCS in Game 3 against the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details He earned a 2–1 win, blanking the Yankees hitters on two hits through eight innings (running his 2012 postseason scoreless streak to 24 innings) before surrendering a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Eduardo Núñez.
    In the deciding fifth game of the series, he pitched a complete-game shutout allowing four hits as the Tigers won 6–0 and advanced to the 2012 ALCS.
    More Details Hide Details The victory marked the first time in MLB history that a pitcher recorded more than 10 strikeouts in a winner-take-all postseason shutout. Verlander's 22 strikeouts in the series set a record for an ALDS.
    In the 2012 ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, Verlander started Game 1 and won a 3–1 decision.
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    Verlander finished the 2012 regular season with a 17–8 record.
    More Details Hide Details He ranked first in the American League in innings pitched, strikeouts (239) and complete games (six), while also ranking second in ERA (2.64).
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Verlander started dating model-actress Kate Upton in late 2011, and in 2016 the couple got engaged.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2014 iCloud leaks of celebrity photos, many of Verlander's personal pictures, which included nude pictures of both himself, Upton, and other women, were leaked online. Verlander throws four above average pitches: a hard four-seam fastball anywhere from 92-97 mph on average (topping out at over 100 mph on occasion), a slider in the low-to-mid 80s, a curveball at 78–81, and a circle changeup at 85–88 mph. Verlander tends to throw his slider only to right-handed hitters and his changeup only to left-handed hitters. He frequently uses his devastating 12–6 curveball with two strikes on the hitter. Verlander is known for his unusual ability to "add" and "subtract" from his fastball velocity at any point in the game, giving him the ability to throw 100 mph or higher even in the late innings of games. This is despite the fact that he has thrown the most pitches in the major leagues since the beginning of the 2008 season. Verlander's average fastball velocity with no strikes is 94.7 mph, while with two strikes it is 97. mph. His power pitching frequently leads to high strikeout totals. In 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2016, he led the American League in strikeouts (leading all of major league baseball in 2009, 2011 and 2012), and he has fanned almost 2,200 batters in his career.
    Verlander unanimously won the 2011 AL Cy Young Award, but won the AL MVP in a much closer vote.
    More Details Hide Details Verlander edged out Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, 280 points to 242 points, while collecting 13 of 28 first-place votes. He became the first pitcher in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP awards in his career. On May 18, Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates before giving up a one-out single in a 6–0 victory. It was his first career complete game one-hitter, his 16th complete game overall, and sixth career shutout. Verlander, who struck out 12 in the game, was hitting the upper-90s and into the eighth inning. Verlander was named to the American League team roster and AL starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. Verlander was joined by teammates Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, the former voted as a starter. At the All-Star break, Verlander had a 9–5 record and a 2.58 ERA in 18 games, and was leading the AL in innings pitched (132⅔), strikeouts (128) and complete games (five). In a forgettable All-Star game, he pitched one inning and gave up five runs.
    Verlander won both the 2011 AL Cy Young Award and the AL MVP Award.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first pitcher to claim an AL MVP Award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992, the first starting pitcher to do so since Roger Clemens in 1986, and the third Tiger starter to do so in franchise history, joining Denny McLain (1968) and Hal Newhouser (1944, 1945).
    In 2011, Verlander received the AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, Sporting News Player of the Year Award, a Players Choice Award for Player the Year and Most Outstanding American League pitcher, and a USA Today American League Cy Young.
    More Details Hide Details Verlander was named the cover athlete of Major League Baseball 2K12.
    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).
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    He finished the 2010 season with an 18–9 record and 3.37 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details On April 22, Verlander recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in a 9–3 win over the White Sox, becoming the 15th Tiger to do so. On May 7, he recorded his second career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays, throwing four strikeouts, walking one batter and throwing at a maximum speed of on the radar gun. He carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before allowing a walk to J. P. Arencibia, who was the only Blue Jays batter to reach base in the game. Arencibia was erased on a double-play, so Verlander faced the minimum 27 batters for the game. Verlander became the second Tigers pitcher since Virgil Trucks, and the 30th pitcher in the history of baseball, to throw multiple no-hitters. On his next start, against the Kansas City Royals on May 13, Verlander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering a triple. Altogether, he pitched 15⅔ consecutive no-hit innings, spread over three starts.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    In 2009, Verlander finished with a 19–9 record, an ERA of 3.45 and an MLB-leading 269 strikeouts, the most by a Tiger since Mickey Lolich's 308 in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His 19 wins led the majors this season. Verlander finished third in the AL Cy Young Award voting behind winner Zack Greinke and runner-up Félix Hernández. In the offseason, Verlander and the Tigers reached a deal for a five-year, $80 million contract extension. On July 3, Verlander earned his 10th win of the season. This marked the fourth time in five years he has had double digit wins before the All-Star break. On September 18, Verlander beat the Chicago White Sox, throwing a complete game to earn his 17th win of the season. Verlander was the first pitcher to win 17 games in four of his first five seasons since Dwight Gooden.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Overall, he finished the 2008 season with an 11–17 win–loss record and a 4.84 ERA.
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    In 2008, Verlander lost four consecutive games before winning his first one.
    More Details Hide Details He led MLB in losses with 17.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    His success continued in 2007, as he accumulated 18 wins and posted a 3.66 ERA with 183 strikeouts in 201⅔ innings.
    More Details Hide Details On June 12, Verlander recorded a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 while throwing a fastball.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    During Game 1 of the 2006 World Series, Verlander was the Tigers starting pitcher against Anthony Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals; it was the first instance in which two rookies faced off to start a World Series.
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    In 2006, he became the first rookie pitcher in the history of the game to win 10 games before the end of June and was named AL Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
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    He allowed one stolen base in 2006 and picked off seven baserunners.
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    On July 4, 2006, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California, Verlander, Joel Zumaya, and Fernando Rodney each threw multiple fastballs over, becoming the first time in MLB history that three pitchers, on the same team, had done so during a game.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Verlander was named the American League (AL) 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. On November 15, 2011, Verlander was named the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote, becoming the first American League pitcher since Johan Santana in 2006 to win the award in such a fashion. On November 21, 2011, Verlander was voted the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP), winning with 280 points over Jacoby Ellsbury's 242, completing a sweep of the Cy Young Award and MVP. Verlander's father Richard sent him to The Richmond Baseball Academy. He was able to throw his fastball shortly after joining the academy. His velocity plateaued at during his senior year at Goochland High School, during which he was sidetracked by strep throat. Verlander's velocity reached during his first year at Old Dominion.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    Verlander made his Major League debut on July 4, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He went 0–2 with a 7.15 ERA in his only 2 starts of the season. In his first full Major League season, Verlander went 17–9 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 124 batters in 186 innings.
    Verlander lost both of his major league starts in 2005, but in seven starts with Erie, he was 2–0 and his ERA was .28.
    More Details Hide Details Tightness in his right shoulder caused Verlander's season to end in early August when he was placed on the disabled list. Verlander was recognized as a Florida State League all–star, was a starting pitcher in the Futures Game and, according to Baseball America, was Detroit's highest rated prospect.
    On July 4, 2005, Verlander started against the Cleveland Indians and pitched 5⅓ innings, gave up four runs and was credited with a loss.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a start against the Minnesota Twins 19 days later.
    Verlander made his professional debut in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He played for two of Detroit's minor league affiliates, the Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+) and the Erie SeaWolves (AA), and also started two games for the Tigers in July. After posting a 9–2 record and a 1.67 ERA in 13 starts for Lakeland, Verlander joined the SeaWolves on June 20.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    He signed a contract on October 25, 2004.
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    Verlander's professional baseball career began when the Detroit Tigers selected him second overall in the 2004 MLB Draft.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 20
    Verlander pitched for the USA national baseball team in 2003 and helped the USA to a silver medal in the Pan American Games.
    More Details Hide Details He was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2002 and earned All-CAA honors in 2003 and 2004.
    In 2003, he set a school single-season record by recording 139 strikeouts.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, he broke his own record and established a new Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) record with 151 strikeouts. Verlander completed his career as the all-time strikeout leader in Old Dominion, the CAA and the Commonwealth of Virginia (Division I) history with 427 in 335⅔ innings. During his three years, he averaged 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and his career collegiate earned run average (ERA) was 2.57.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    On May 17, 2002, he struck out a then-school record 17 batters against James Madison.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 0
    Born on February 20, 1983.
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