Tagged: Justin Verlander

Verlander to start 2015 on DL

In his 10-yr major league career, Tigers P Justin Verlander (Goochland/ODU) has had quite a resume. He has won 152 games, been named Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, and MVP, led all of baseball in wins twice, won the 2011 Triple Crown, thrown 2 no-hitters, and has been on 2 AL-pennant winning Tigers teams.

One of the key reasons to his great success has been the fact that he has never been on the DL.

Until now.

Verlander will open the 2015 season the DL, the first such action of his career, due to a strain in his triceps. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is optimistic, however, that Verlander can make his first start not long after Opening Day this weekend-April 12th versus Cleveland.

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Clemente candidates include plenty with Virginia ties

Roberto Clemente was a great ballplayer but also was well known for his charity work off the field. As a result, every year MLB awards the “Roberto Clemente” award to the one player who gives back to the community through whatever charitable endeavors they are the most passionate about. One player is nominated from each team and then fans vote on the winner.

The 2014 slate of candidates is out, and this year’s choices have a certain Virginia feel to them. It includes three Virginia-natives and one players who played in Virginia on their way to the majors.

From the Detroit Tigers, P Justin Verlander (Goochland/ODU) does various endeavors that help veterans in the Detroit area, including helping with renovations at a rehab facility, providing funding for mental health for veterans, and hosting veterans in his suite at Comerica Park on his game nights.

From the Colorado Rockies, OF Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake) may have had a lost 2014 season, with numerous injuries and multiple stints on the DL, but he did not let that get him down and still gave back to the Denver community. He has been a huge part of the Rockies startup program to help eradicate violence in schools by encouraging high school students to perform random acts of kindness in the community. He also makes appearances in the schools on behalf of the Rockies and this program. He also provides a suite at Coors field to allow disadvantaged youth to see a MLB game live.

From the New York Mets, 3B David Wright (Chesapeake) may be playing the hot corner in the big city of New York, but he has never forgotten his Virginia roots. He started an initiative to help the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, based in Norfolk and the only free-standing children’s hospital in Virginia, provide for the development of needy children, and in 4 years, this initiative has raised $560,000. He also gives back to the New York Community, visiting a NYC firehouse every September 11 to recognize firefighters, and has also donated lots of cash and resources to help with the clean up from Hurricane Sandy.

From the Washington Nationals, SS Ian Desmond (Potomac Nationals) sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, a facility and organization that uses the game of baseball to promote healthy lifestyles and character development for at-risk youth. In 2012, thanks to the power of social media, Desmond met through twitter a 20-year old man with neurofibramitosis, the two formed a special bond, and Desmond went back to twitter to start a campaign to raise money to fight this disease. The goal was to raise $10,000-they raised $32,000, all of which goes to NF awareness.

So some good candidates this year. All are worthy causes, and all are exactly what Roberto Clemente would have wanted.

Shared Alert -via @SportsCenter (Justin Verlander)

Tigers RHP Justin Verlander has inflammation in shoulder, but no structural damage; may avoid DL -via SportsCenter http://bit.ly/zzSpRY

Goochland-native Verlander has no serious problems with arm, which is a major plus for a Tigers rotation that just bulked up for the home stretch with the acquisition of David Price.

This date in baseball history….7/4

As we celebrate our Independence Day today, one noteworthy event happened on this date in 2005. The Tigers called up a young fireballer righthander to make his major league debut, vs. Cleveland. He would pitch 5 1/3 innings, allow 4 runs on 7 hits, walk 3, and notch 4 SO, and get cerdited with a loss. He would make one more start in 2005 before being returned to the minors, another loss. He has gone on to win nearly 150 games at the age of 31.

That pitcher’s name is Justin Verlander (Manakin-Sabot).