Article by: Zach Henley
After throwing his third career no-hitter, should Justin Verlander be considered an all-time great?
Verlander has been nothing but phenomenal in his 14-year career and playing for only two teams. In his tenure with the Detroit Tigers, he helped them win four consecutive AL Central championships and leading them to the world series in ‘06 and ‘12. Verlander has had success throughout his whole career which includes a list of accomplishments. For example, in 2011, Verlander had the best seasons of his career. He won the AL MVP award along with the pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young award. He led the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA, threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays and led the Tigers to the playoffs as well. In one of the best seasons recorded by a pitcher, he unfortunately couldn’t do it all as the Tigers would be eliminated in the playoffs.
After 12 years with the Tigers, Verlander landed with the Houston Astros. Primarily with pitchers getting older, they typically slow down, but not Verlander. In his first season with the Astros, he helped them win the organization’s first World Series and captured the ALCS MVP award as well. The championship title is just another notch for the very successful pitcher. The following year, he would be named to the All-Star game and led the AL in strikeouts for the 5th time in his career. In 2019, nothing has changed. He is currently sporting a 17-5 record, leads the MLB in strikeouts, and just threw his 3rd career no hitter.
In my opinion, with all these stats and awards to his name, Verlander should be a first ballot hall of famer and considered an all-time great. No matter what team he’s with, he wins every time he steps on the mound, and the team backs him up and wins as well. That is what an all-time great is supposed to do.
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