LAKELAND, Fla. Justin Verlander turns 30 on Wednesday, but it's just another birthday to the Tigers ace.
I dont care about stuff like that, Verlander said. It doesnt really matter to me.
However, there's something related to turning 30 that did interest Verlander. He's won 124 games at that relatively early age and aspires to be enshrined in Cooperstown someday.
So how does Verlander compare to the two Atlanta Braves pitchers expected to be first-ballot Hall of Fame selections in next years voting?
Greg Maddux won 151 games before turning 30 and finished with 355 victories. Tom Glavine also won 124 games by the age of 30 and he ended his career with 305. Both pitched until they were 42.
Dang, Maddux, said Verlander, letting the numbers roll through his head and then shaking it.
I mentioned that Id be back in 10 years, asking about the significance of turning 40.
I will be here, too, Verlander said. Hopefully, Ill be doing the same thing, a little grayer.
How many victories...