33 Facts About Justin Verlander

1. Justin Verlander comes up short in Cy Young voting, Kate Upton comes to his defense.

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2. Justin Verlander has perfect response to losing out on Cy Young.

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3. Justin Verlander finishes second in Cy Young vote as Blake Snell wins.

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4. Justin Verlander named a finalist in the AL Cy Young race.

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5. Justin Verlander can win his 2nd Cy Young Award after career-best season with Astros.

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6. Justin Verlander started dating model-actress Kate Upton in early 2014, and in 2016 the couple got engaged.

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7. Justin Verlander has supported various local Detroit charities for the impoverished as well as helping out with national efforts such as the Red Cross.

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8. In 2016, Justin Verlander started the "Wins For Warriors Foundation" for veterans of the United States military.

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9. Since the 2016 season, Justin Verlander has essentially become a three-pitch pitcher.

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10. Justin Verlander helped set a new Major League record for the Astros with their 1,069th strikeout by their starters in a season, breaking the mark set by the Cleveland Indians in 2017.

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11. On March 5, 2018, Justin Verlander was named the opening day starter for the Astros.

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12. Along with Altuve, Justin Verlander was named winner of the Babe Ruth Award as co-MVPs of the 2017 postseason.

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13. Justin Verlander received a no-decision in Game 2 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the third time he participated in a World Series.

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14. Justin 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.

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15. Justin Verlander was among the best starters in the majors after the 2016 All-Star Break.

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16. Justin 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.

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17. Justin Verlander was not named to the AL All-Star team for the first time since 2008, snapping a streak of five straight appearances.

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18. In Game 2 of the 2013 ALDS, Justin Verlander struck out 11 Oakland Athletics hitters in seven shutout innings.

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19. Justin 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.

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20. Justin Verlander collected 149 points to Price's 153 points (13 first-place votes).

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21. Justin Verlander was joined by teammates Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, the former voted as a starter.

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22. Justin Verlander edged out Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, 280 points to 242 points, while collecting 13 of 28 first-place votes.

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23. Justin Verlander was selected to his fourth AL All-Star team, but he was unable to participate in the game due to the scheduling of his starts.

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24. Justin Verlander ended up with a complete game shutout allowing two hits.

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25. Justin Verlander was the first pitcher to win 17 games in four of his first five seasons since Dwight Gooden.

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26. In 2008, Justin Verlander lost four consecutive games before winning his first one.

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27. Justin Verlander made his Major League debut on July 4, 2005.

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28. Justin 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.

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29. Justin 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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30. Justin Verlander pitched for the USA national baseball team in 2003 and helped the USA to a silver medal in the Pan American Games.

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31. Justin Verlander completed his career as the all-time strikeout leader in Old Dominion, the CAA and the Commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 in 335⅔ innings.

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32. Justin Verlander produced his most successful season in 2011, including his second career no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, 2011.

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33. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Justin Verlander helped lead the United States national team to a silver medal.

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