An American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB) Justin Verlander was born on 20th February 1983 in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. He attended Goochland High School. He then went on to join Old Dominion University.When he was at the age of nine, he started pitching at the youth level. He was then sent to The Richmond Baseball Academy by his fatehr where he became the best pitcher. He had also playedfor three years for Old Dominion University baseball team.
During that time, he earned honors as the Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and he was also a two-time CAC All-Star. In the year 2003, he pitched for USA national baseball team and helped the USA to win a silver medal in the Pan American Games. The following year, he was named the ODU Alumni Association’s Male Athlete of the Year.His professional baseball career started when he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2004 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He was the second overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. On 25th October 2004, Verlander signed a contract.
He made his professional debut in 2005. He was recognized as a Florida State League all-star and was a starting pitcher in the Futures Game and he was Detroit’s highest rated prospect according to Baseball America.On 4th July 2005, Justin made his Major League Debut. He recorded a no-hitter on 12th June 2007 against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 while throwing a fastball 102 mph. He finished the year 2008 season with an 11-17 win-loss record and a 4.84 ERA.
In the year 2009, Verlander finished third in AL Cy Young Award. He was voted after winner Zack Greinke and runner-up Felix Hernandez. Verlander and the Tigers reached a deal for a five year, $80 million extension of the contract in the off season of 2010. By the end of the 2011 season, he had won the Triple Crown of pitching in the AL. He also won the AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, The Sporting News Player of the Year Award, a Players Choice Award for Player of the Year and Most Outstanding American League pitcher and a USA Today American League Cy Young.
In addition, he was also named the cover athlete of Major League Baseball 2K12. He won both the 2011 Al Cy Young award and the Al MVP Award. He became the first pitcher to claim an AL MVP Award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992. In the year 2012, Justin was named to the American League team roster and AL starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.The same year, he also won his second consecutive AL The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award. The Tigers and Verlander reached a seven year, $180 million contract with a $22 million vesting option for the year 2020 if he finishes in top five in Cy Young Award voting in the year 2019. The contract made Verlander the highest-paid pitcher in the MLB history.
He underwent core muscle surgery on 9th January 2014. He got recovered just in the time for the pitchers and the catchers reported to training camp in the month of February of 2014. Standing tall at the height of six feet and five inch, Verlander is mostly known for his unusual ability to “add” and “subtract” from fastball velocity.
To talk about his personal life, Justin was in relationship with model Kate Upton. The couple started dating each other in the fall of the year 2011. Later, there was a rumor in 2013 that they were not in relationship with each other. Despite the rumor, Justin and Kate were spotted sitting together in 2014 hockey game at a Philadelphia Flyers . According to 2014, his annual salary is $20,107,000 and his monthly earnings is 1,675,583.