Verlander could have been a Padre

Detroit Tigers P Justin Verlander (Manakin-Sabot) is only 31 years old, and already has a very impressive MLB resume. He has won almost 140 games, thrown 2 no-hitters, played on 2 AL pennant winning teams, and has won Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young awards. So, you would think he couldn’t find something else to do for the first time, right? Wrong!

On Saturday, Verlander picked up the first two hits of his major league career, and for good measure did it against a team that could have drafted him. The San Diego Padres had the number one pick in the 2004 draft, and had a shot to draft this young hurler from suburban Richmond. They instead went with San Diego-area native Matt Bush, who is now out of baseball and in a Florida prison.

Meanwhile, the Tigers grabbed Verlander with the second pick that year, and the rest is history.


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