There are not many pitchers in the baseball today who can stand toe to toe with Justin Verlander based on talent and accolades won. The seven-time MLB All-Star, who played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons before joining the Houston Astros just before the trade deadline in 2017, is a World Series Champion, a unanimous American League Cy Young Award winner, a two-time MLB wins leader, and a Pitching Triple Crown achiever, among many other accomplishments.
The former Old Dominion University baseball player, who broke and set numerous school and divisional records, has also represented the United States at international competitions. Verlander is known for his four pitching styles; a hard four-seam fastball, a slider, a 12-6 curveball, and a changeup, which has all brought him huge success and cemented his legendary status.
On the 20th of February 1983, in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, Kathy and Richard Verlander welcomed the first of their two sons, Justin Brooks Verlander. While growing up, Verlander had a very close bond with his father who was a big baseball enthusiast. As the story goes, his father was the one who encouraged him to play the game after he witnessed his son demonstrate his strong arm by throwing a rock further than he could.
By the time Verlander was 9, he began playing baseball at the youth level and was reported to be the best pitcher in the Richmond area. He attended Goochland High School where in his senior year he recorded 144 strikes in 72 innings with 0.38 ERA. Verlander and his family had hoped that a baseball team will come for him at this point but that was not the case and the young boy had no option but to go to college.
Justin Verlander had the option of playing college baseball for Duke on scholarship but he, opted to stay close to home and attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Here, Verlander made sure he enshrined his name into the school and the Colonial Athletic Association’s record books as he became the all-time strikeout leader in both the school and division’s history. His performances then garnered him a selection to the United States national team that won silver at the 2003 Pan American Games.
After three years at Old Dominion where in his final year he was named the ODU Alumni Association’s Male Athlete of the Year, Justin Verlander was selected by the Detroit Tigers with the second overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft. He went on to play for two of Detroit minor league teams: the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Erie SeaWolves before going on to make his Major League debut on July 4, 2005.
Justin Verlander has a net worth estimated to be around $105 million. The pitcher was able to amass his massive wealth through his salary over the years in the majors and from endorsement deals.
In 2013, Verlander put pen to paper on what was at the time the biggest deal ever handed to a pitcher, a seven-year contract worth $180 million. During that time, the six-time Major League Baseball All-Star also signed lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Under Armour, GlaxoSmithKline, Breitling, and Rawlings.
Is He Married? Who Is His Wife or Girlfriend?
Justin Verlander is indeed married. The 2017 Babe Ruth Award recipient married his girlfriend of a few years, supermodel and actress Kate Upton, who has famously appeared on the cover of a number of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and has also starred in movies like Tower Heist (2011) and The Layover (2017).
The pair reportedly began dating in early 2014 before getting engaged two years later in 2016. In November 2017, a few days after Verlander celebrated winning the World Series, he and his actress girlfriend went ahead to exchange vows at a private ceremony held in a medieval church in Tuscany, Italy witnessed by close family and friends.
Justin Verlander’s Brother
Justin Verlander has a younger brother named Ben who was born on the 31st of January, 1992, in Maidens, Virginia. Like his big brother, Ben is also a professional baseball player. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers to play as an outfielder but was released by the team in June 2017.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Justin Brooks Verlander
Date of Birth: February 20, 1983
Place of Birth: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
Height: 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m)
Weight: 225 pounds (102 kg)
Profession: Athlete (Baseball Player)
Zodiac Sign: Pisces