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Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander turned 30 on Wednesday, hopes to be pitiching for the Tigers into his 40s.
“I have a long time left,” Verlander said via the Associated Press. “I don’t even look at it as reaching the halfway mark. I’ve got a lot of pitches left in me, and I don’t know what it’s like to be 30 since I haven’t done that yet.”
Verlander, the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, and 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, went 124-65 with a 3.40 ERA in his 20s. He's had no major arm surgeries and can still throw 100 mph.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland recalls the first time seeing Verlander in 2006.
“I saw that he could throw hard, but I didn’t know anything about him,” Leyland said. “I didn’t know much about anyone on this team except that they hadn’t been very good in a long time. Who could have known?”
Leyland said with the talent Verlander has, he can play for a long time.
“He’s got a lot left in him, and I didn’t know he was turning 30 until now,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “Thirty doesn’t matter if you’ve got the talent, and Verlander’s got it.”
April 1, at Minnesota, could be Verlander's sixth straight opening-day start. He is expected to start his first exhibition game Sunday against Philadelphia in Lakeland.
Verlander is due to make $20 million in each of the next two seasons as part of an $80 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2010. Verlander is likely to get a huge raise if he becomes a free-agent after the 2014 season. But says he like playing in Detroit.
“I like playing for this team,” Verlander said. “Detroit is a great place to play, and I can see myself here for a long time.”
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2012 was a year of joy, torment, success, and embarrassment all wrapped into one odd little package for the Detroit Tigers. Overall, the team made it to the World Series, which is a huge accomplishment and a great revenue generator for the franchise. Losing in lackluster fashion via sweep at the hands of the Giants was a black eye on the season.
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In a recent interview with Jeff Passan Verlander dropped the following gem.
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It doesn’t matter who the player is. They all say it isn’t about the money, but it really is. Take the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, for instance. He recently sat down with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports to discuss the idea of him becoming the first pitcher to ink a deal worth more than $200 million. This of course came up because Verlander is set to become a free agent and...
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The Tigers won the AL pennant off the bat of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, but that wasn’t enough for one of his teammates.
Reliever Octavio Dotel says Cabrera is not a leader in the clubhouse. Dotel prodded the 2012 MVP to call a meeting multiple times during the playoffs, and Cabrera declined.
“You have to step up and say something,” Dotel told Yahoo! Sports. “Miggy’s...
Four months ago, Detroit Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel called out teammate Miguel Cabrera for not speaking to the media after a loss in the playoffs. In Dotel’s opinion, Cabrera should be one of Detroit’s leaders since he is the team’s best player. On Tuesday, the topic was revisited.
In a story written by Eric Aldeson of Yahoo! Sports, Dotel was quoted as basically calling...
LAKELAND, Fla. Octavio Dotel said he apologized to Miguel Cabrera and his teammates as a group on Wednesday morning for published comments that Dotel believes were misinterpreted.
"You have to step up and say something," Dotel told by Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports. "Miggy's more about his game. I don't see him as a leader."
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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.
He may or may not be dating Kate Upton, but the second most important relationship in Justin Verlander's life -- the first being his with the baseball, of course -- seems to be stronger than ever:
Love you too RT @tacobell: Happy birthday, @justinverlander. We love you.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) February 21, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The first game of spring training can provide some unusual scenarios.
Such as Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera facing Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel -- in the third inning.
Coming off baseball's first Triple Crown season since 1967, Cabrera grounded out against Kimbrel before finishing his day with a drive to the warning track in center field, not a factor...
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