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Justin Verlander Says He’s Not Ruling Out An Eventual Return To Detroit

Justin Verlander pitched 13 seasons for the Detroit Tigers, at times he was unhittable, like in 2011 when he went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA, simply dominating opponents.

The Tigers dealt Verlander to the Houston Astros back in 2017, where he’s had even more success with a World Series title and in 2019 went 21-6.

While he has had a lot of success during his time in Houston, the Tigers have had plenty of struggle to get back to form. Yet Verlander still seems to miss his old stomping grounds.

The pitcher didn’t rule out a reunion with the Tigers down the road, saying as much recently when talking about his MVP 2011 campaign.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Verlander said.

“Yeah, of course. I loved playing there. I love the city. I love the fans. Yes, I do think about it. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what’s best for my career. If that aligns with that possibility, then maybe it does.”

Right now, Verlander is not pitching anywhere, as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Verlander had the surgery in October 2020 and isn’t expected to pitch in the majors again until 2022.

If he eventually goes back to Detroit at some point, he’ll do it with plenty of fanfare for what he’s already done for the franchise.

Verlander was American League Rookie of the Year (2006), Cy Young (2011) and MVP (2011). He finished second in Cy Young award voting in the 2012 and 2016 seasons, adding a third-place finish in 2009.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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