Terrence Jon Francona, nicknamed "Tito", is the manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was the manager of the Boston Red Sox, whom he led to two World Series titles, ending the franchise's 86-year championship drought. After an unsuccessful four-year stint as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Francona was hired to manage the Red Sox in 2004 and led the team to their first championship since 1918, he won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season, where his contract wasn't renewed following a September collapse. In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians and led them to an American League pennant in 2016. In August and September 2017, he led the Indians to a 22-game win streak, the longest win streak in American League history and the longest without ties in MLB history. Francona was born on April 22, 1959, in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Tito Francona, who played outfield for several Major League clubs from 1956 to 1970, Roberta Jackson.
Francona grew up in New Brighton, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, where he got his start in baseball at New Brighton Area High School. Francona represented the United States at the 1979 Pan American Games and attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team. Francona and the Arizona Wildcats won the 1980 College World Series and Francona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Francona won the 1980 Golden Spikes Award. Francona was drafted in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos, using the 22nd overall selection. After playing in the minor leagues, Francona made his major league debut with Montreal on August 19, 1981, a week after the end of that summer's player strike, he appeared as an outfielder that first year, he went 4-for-12 in the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, an extra playoff round utilized that year because the season was conducted in two halves as the result of the strike.
The Expos won three games to two. As the seasons went on, Francona shifted to first base, where he played one hundred games more than he had in the outfield, he developed a reputation as a contact hitter, with few home runs, walks, or strikeouts. The Expos released Francona after the 1985 season, during which his batting average had slipped to.267 after posting a.346 average in limited action in 1984. He went on to sign one-year contracts with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers; the Brewers re-signed Francona for 1990, but he only played in three games for the Brewers that year, the last on April 19. In 10 seasons and 708 games, he posted a. 274 career average, with 143 RBIs. He made an appearance as a pitcher with Milwaukee on May 15, 1989, throwing 12 pitches and striking out one batter on three pitches. After retiring as a player, Francona began coaching, spending several years in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1991, he managed the rookie league Sarasota White Sox of the Gulf Coast League.
In 1992, he ran the South Bend White Sox of the mid-level Class A Midwest League. As manager of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons in 1993–95, he posted a 223-203 record and won two distinctions: Southern League Manager of the Year in 1993, Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 1993, top managerial candidate by Baseball America in 1994, the same year Michael Jordan played for Birmingham. Birmingham won the Southern League championship in 1993, he managed in the Dominican Winter League with the Águilas Cibaeñas, he won the championship and the Serie del Caribe in 1995–96. That team included Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez, Tony Batista. Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under their new skipper, Buddy Bell, a former teammate of Francona on the Reds. After the 1996 season ended, he was hired as manager of the Phillies, who had won the NL pennant in 1993 but had three consecutive losing seasons. In Francona's four seasons as the Phils' skipper, the club never rose above third place in the National League East.
His best finish with the Phillies was 77–85 in 1999. In 1998 and 1999, the Phillies finished in third place, behind the Atlanta Braves and their division-rival New York Mets, he was fired following the 2000 campaign. He finished with a 285–363 record, he spent the following season as a special assistant to the general manager with the Cleveland Indians in 2001, followed by two one-year terms as a bench coach for the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. The Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club in 2004, after Grady Little's contract was not renewed following the Red Sox loss in the 2003 American League Championship Series. Francona led the Red Sox to a 98–64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind their biggest rival, the New York Yankees; the club gelled in the second half and won more games than any other team in the American League after the All-Star break. As the American League wild card, the Red Sox swept the AL West champion Anaheim Angels, three games to none, in the Division Series.
In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Red Sox fell behind the Yankees, three games to none, including a 19–8 loss in Game 3 at home in Fenway Park. However, the club regained its composure and won the last four games of the series, the first time in Major League Baseball history that a team rallied from an 0–3 deficit to win a playoff series (only the third team to make it as far as Game 6, the only team to force a Game 7 after trailing a series t
Fieldin Henry Culbreth III is an American umpire in Major League Baseball. He umpired in his first MLB game in 1993 and became an American League staff member in 1999. Culbreth has umpired in five Division Series, six League Championship Series, two World Series and one All-Star Game, as well as the National League's single-game playoff in 2007, he was one of the umpires when a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher threw a no-hitter for the first time in team history, he was behind the plate when the New York Mets achieved the same distinction. Prior to the 2013 Major League Baseball season, Ted Barrett and Jim Joyce became crew chiefs after the retirements of Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins. Culbreth has umpired in the American League Division Series in 2002, 2007, 2012, 2014, he officiated in the American League Championship Series in 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Culbreth umpired in the World Series in 2008 and 2012. Culbreth has officiated in 67 postseason games through the 2012 season, being the plate umpire for 11 of those contests.
He was a member of the crew for the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. The American League defeated the National League, 3–2. Culbreth, Ted Barrett and Jim Joyce were promoted to crew chief positions prior to the 2013 season, after former crew chiefs Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins retired. At the age of 49, Culbreth became the second-youngest active crew chief, with only Barrett younger at the age of 47. Culbreth's 2013 crew consists of Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson. According to Retrosheet, Culbreth has issued a total of 38 ejections during his major league career through the 2014 season, his highest single-season ejection total was six in 1997. Through 2012, he has officiated in a total of 2,512 games, he has served in more than one hundred games each season since 1997. Culbreth had never umpired prior to attending umpire school in 1987, he did not take long to reach the major leagues, where he made his first umpiring appearance on August 13, 1993. On that day, Culbreth umpired at second base in a game played at the Kingdome between the Seattle Mariners and the California Angels.
Culbreth became a member of the official AL umpire staff in 1999, when multiple call-up umpires were hired to take the place of umpires who had participated in a mass resignation. He began his career on the AL staff. Culbreth wore #42 as an AL umpire, but he had to stop using that number after it was retired in recognition of Jackie Robinson. During the 2001 season, Culbreth received an email from then-MLB official Sandy Alderson advising the umpire that he was not calling enough strikes and that if he did not make adjustments, he would face criticism from ESPN analysts when he umpired a game, broadcast by the network. Culbreth was a part of the umpiring crew when Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles joined the 3,000 hit club. He was present when Ripken sat out of a game after having played in 2,632 consecutive games. Culbreth was the home plate umpire when Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro reached the 3,000-hit milestone on July 15, 2005 with a double against Joel Piñeiro of the Seattle Mariners.
On September 16, 2005, Culbreth was involved in a dispute with pitcher Randy Johnson of the New York Yankees. At the time, the Yankees were contending for a playoff spot. After Johnson expressed his displeasure with some of the umpire's calls on balls and strikes, Culbreth ejected Johnson in the second inning. Johnson said that he was "deeply regretful" and acknowledged, "I was wrong for letting my emotions get away from me." Prior to Johnson's apology, Culbreth was criticized by Yankees announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, neither of whom was aware of what had been said on the field. Earlier in the 2005 season, Culbreth had twice ejected Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel from games, once in April and again in August. During the 2001 season,Culbreth had ejected Manuel from a contest. Culbreth has thrown former manager Mike Hargrove out of three different games, with two of the ejections taking place while Hargrove was with Cleveland and the third during the manager's time in Baltimore.
Culbreth was the left field umpire for the single-game playoff between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres that decided the NL's 2007 wild card team. The game ended in the 13th inning when home plate umpire Tim McClelland called Rockies player Matt Holliday safe at home plate. Colorado won by a score of 9–8. In the 2008 World Series, which featured the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays, Culbreth worked behind home plate for Game 3; the Phillies claimed a 5–4 victory due to a walk–off single by Carlos Ruiz. Philadelphia won the Series in five games. In Game 3 of the 2012 World Series, Culbreth umpired behind the plate for the matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants; the Giants shut out the Tigers, 2–0. San Francisco won the World Series in the next game. Culbreth was the first-base umpire for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza's no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on July 26, 2010. In the third inning, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected from the game by second-base umpire Marty Foster.
Garza's no-hitter was the first by a Rays pitcher. Culbreth was at second base on June 1, 2012, when New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals; this no-hitter was the first to be thrown by a Mets
In baseball statistics, a hit called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielder's choice. To achieve a hit, the batter must reach first base before any fielder can either tag him with the ball, throw to another player protecting the base before the batter reaches it, or tag first base while carrying the ball; the hit is scored the moment. If a batter reaches first base because of offensive interference by a preceding runner, he is credited with a hit. A hit for one base is called a single, for two bases a double, for three bases a triple. A home run is scored as a hit. Doubles and home runs are called extra base hits. An "infield hit" is a hit. Infield hits are uncommon by nature, most earned by speedy runners. A no-hitter is a game. Throwing a no-hitter is rare and considered an extraordinary accomplishment for a pitcher or pitching staff. In most cases in the professional game, no-hitters are accomplished by a single pitcher who throws a complete game.
A pitcher who throws a no-hitter could still allow runners to reach base safely, by way of walks, hit batsmen, or batter reaching base due to interference or obstruction. If the pitcher allows no runners to reach base in any manner whatsoever, the no-hitter is a perfect game. In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits; the result was skyrocketing batting averages, including some near.500. The experiment was abandoned the following season. There is controversy regarding; the number of legitimate walks and at-bats are known for all players that year, so computing averages using the same method as in other years is straightforward. In 1968, Major League Baseball formed a Special Baseball Records Committee to resolve this issues; the Committee ruled. In 2000, Major League Baseball reversed its decision, ruling that the statistics which were recognized in each year's official records should stand in cases where they were proven incorrect. Most current sources list O'Neill's 1887 average as.435.
He would retain his American Association batting championship. However, the variance between methods results in differing recognition for the 1887 National League batting champion. Cap Anson would be recognized, with his.421 average, if walks are included, but Sam Thompson would be the champion at.372 if they are not. The official rulebook of Major League Baseball states in Rule 10.05: The official scorer shall credit a batter with a base hit when: the batter reaches first base safely on a fair ball that settles on the ground, that touches a fence before being touched by a fielder or that clears a fence. The batter reaches first base safely on a fair ball that takes an unnatural bounce so that a fielder cannot handle it with ordinary effort, or that touches the pitcher's plate or any base before being touched by a fielder and bounces so that a fielder cannot handle the ball with ordinary effort. Rule 10.05 Comment: In applying Rule 10.05, the official scorer shall always give the batter the benefit of the doubt.
A safe course for the official scorer to follow is to score a hit when exceptionally good fielding of a ball fails to result in a putout. The official scorer shall not credit a base hit when a: runner is forced out by a batted ball, or would have been forced out except for a fielding error; the official scorer shall charge the batter with an at-bat but not a hit. The official scorer shall charge the batter with an at-bat but not a hit.
2011 Detroit Tigers season
The 2011 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 111th season. The season began on March 31 at New York against the Yankees, the home opener was on April 8 against the Kansas City Royals; the Tigers honored the late Sparky Anderson during the season. The Tigers sent five players to the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game: starting pitcher Justin Verlander, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, catcher Alex Avila, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, closer José Valverde; the regular season concluded September 28 at home against the Cleveland Indians, with the Tigers holding a 95–67 record. The season saw the team's first eleven-game winning streak since 1968, first nine-game winning streak since 1984 – both years in which the Tigers went on to win the World Series; the streak ended at 12 games on September 14. It consisted of four consecutive three-game sweeps over their AL Central Division rivals, it was the Tigers longest winning streak. On September 16, the Tigers clinched the AL Central Division title with a 3–1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
It is their first AL Central title since they joined the division in 1998, the team's first division title of any kind since 1987. They became the first team of the season to qualify for the American League Division Series, first team in either league to clinch their division; the Tigers clinched the division with 11 games left to play, tying the franchise record set by the 1984 team. Justin Verlander was named both American League Cy Young Award winner and AL Most Valuable Player for an outstanding season that saw him lead the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA. On October 6, the Tigers beat the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS, winning the series 3–2, advancing to the American League Championship Series, which they lost to the Texas Rangers 4–2. On October 21, the Tigers re-signed third baseman Brandon Inge for two more seasons with an option for a third. On November 8, the Tigers re-signed shortstop Jhonny Peralta for two more seasons with an option for a third. On November 19, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Joaquín Benoit to a three-year contract.
On November 24, the Tigers signed catcher/designated hitter Víctor Martínez to a four-year contract. On December 16, the Tigers re-signed outfielder Magglio Ordóñez to a one-year contract. On January 12, the Tigers re-signed outfielder Ryan Raburn to a two-year deal. On January 14, the Tigers re-signed relief pitcher Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. On January 18, the Tigers signed starting pitcher Brad Penny to a one-year deal. On February 7, the Tigers re-signed starting pitcher Phil Coke. On March 2, the Tigers re-signed relief pitcher Ryan Perry, catcher Alex Avila, utility man Don Kelly, outfielders Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson. On December 14, the Tigers released relief pitcher Alfredo Fígaro. On February 1, the Tigers released pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. Other losses include catcher Gerald Laird, both to free agency. On January 24, the Tigers traded starting pitcher Armando Galarraga to Arizona for pitchers Kevin Eichhorn and Ryan Robowski. On May 27, the Tigers traded infielder Scott Sizemore to Oakland for relief pitcher David Purcey.
On July 20, the Tigers traded pitcher Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez to Kansas City for third baseman Wilson Betemit. On July 30, the Tigers traded pitchers Charlie Furbush and Chance Ruffin, outfielder Casper Wells, third baseman Francisco Martinez to Seattle for pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley. On August 15, the Tigers traded pitchers Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros to Minnesota for outfielder Delmon Young. On July 3, after Tigers pitchers had given up 51 runs in the previous five games, pitching coach Rick Knapp was fired. Then-bullpen coach Jeff Jones was named the new pitching coach and Mike Rojas was made the new bullpen coach. On November 4, 2010, Sparky Anderson, Tigers manager from 1979–1995, died at age 76. In his honor, the Tigers wore a memorial patch on their sleeves, a flag was raised in his honor on Opening Day. Additionally, Anderson's No. 11 jersey was retired by the Tigers on June 26, 2011. His name and number were placed on the left-field wall at Comerica Park, joining other past Tiger greats.
Anderson is the second non-player to have his name on this wall. Below is a chronology of highlights during the 2011 Detroit Tigers regular season. March 31: The season opened with a 6–3 loss in New York's Yankee Stadium. Justin Verlander gave up three runs in six innings, but former Tiger Curtis Granderson broke a 3–3 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run home run off reliever Phil Coke. April 2: Newly acquired C/DH Víctor Martínez hit his first home run in a Tiger uniform, but starter Brad Penny, another off-season acquisition, surrendered eight runs in 4⅓ innings as the Tigers fell to the Yankees again, 10–6. April 3: The Tigers earned their first victory of the season in a 10–7 slugfest over the Yankees that featured two home runs by Miguel Cabrera and another by Brennan Boesch. April 6: Justin Verlander picked up his first win of the season as the Tigers defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 7–3. Catcher Alex Avila drove in a career-high five runs. April 11: The Tigers fell to 3–7 on the season with a 2–0 loss to the Texas Rangers, who went to 9–1 with the win.
Justin Verlander was outdueled by the Rangers' Alexi Ogando. April 12: Detroit rebounded with a 5–4 win against Texas when Miguel Cabrera hit a walk-off bases-loaded single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. April 13: Brandon Inge hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers their second straight walk-off win, a 3
Michael Vela Gonzalez is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers. Gonzalez was traded twice prior to his MLB debut. First, on July 22, 2003, where he was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Scott Sauerbeck to the Boston Red Sox for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez. Second, on July 31, 2003, where he was traded back to Pittsburgh with Freddy Sanchez and cash for Brandon Lyon, Anastacio Martinez and Jeff Suppan. Gonzalez converted all 24 save attempts during the 2006 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before having his season end early because of an elbow injury. Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Braves with Brent Lillibridge for Adam LaRoche and Jamie Romak on January 17, 2007. After experiencing a drop in velocity on his fastball in excess of 10 mph in a game versus the Washington Nationals, the Braves took precautionary measures and placed him on the disabled list on May 16, 2007, with a left elbow strain.
After several MRIs showed no damage to his elbow, a more specialized MRI was performed that indeed revealed a slight ligament tear. On May 25, 2007, it was announced that his elbow would require Tommy John surgery and he would miss at least the rest of the 2007 season, the first half of the 2008 season. In 17 innings with the Braves in 2007, Gonzalez posted a 1.59 ERA with a 2–0 record and 2 saves. Gonzalez made his return on June 18, 2008, pitching a perfect 9th inning and recording a save against the Texas Rangers. On January 19, 2009, Gonzalez signed a one-year $3.45 million contract. On December 16, 2009, Gonzalez agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Orioles for two years and $12 million. On December 19, 2009, Gonzalez signed with the Baltimore Orioles. On April 14, 2010, Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder. On August 31, 2011, Gonzalez was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Pedro Strop. In 2011, he was a combined 2 -- 2 with 1 save. Gonzalez made his postseason debut with the Rangers in 2011 until the team lost the 2011 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
On May 10, 2012, the Washington Nationals agreed to terms with Gonzalez on a 1-year, minor league deal. The Nationals called Gonzalez up to the majors on June 3. On December 29, 2012, Gonzalez agreed to a one-year 2.21 million dollar deal. Gonzalez returned to the Washington Nationals in 2014, agreeing to a minor league contract on March 4, he was released on July 5, 2014. On April 8, 2016, Gonzalez signed with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet, or Pura Pelota
Larry Wayne Vanover is an American professional baseball umpire. Vanover worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, he did not umpire in 2000 and 2001, since 2002 has umpired across both major leagues. Vanover has umpired in three Division Series, three League Championship Series, the 2016 World Series, he has officiated in two All Star Games and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Vanover worked in several minor leagues before his major league debut in 1991, he officiated in the South Atlantic League, Midwest League, Southern League, American Association, Pacific Coast League, International League and Venezuelan League. Vanover was behind the plate when Marge Schott came on the field just prior to an April 1996 Astros–Reds doubleheader and apologized to Vanover for her Opening Day comments following the death of umpire John McSherry; the Opening Day game had been postponed. After the game was postponed, Schott had said, "I feel cheated."Vanover was one of 22 umpires who resigned during the 1999 Major League Umpires Association mass resignation.
The negotiation strategy failed when baseball officials accepted the resignations and hired replacement umpires. After a protracted legal battle and eight other umpires regained their major league jobs for the 2002 season. MLB appointed Vanover to serve as crew chief for the 2014 Legend Series at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama, on March 15-16. Vanover spent the 2014 season as an interim crew chief while regular crew chief Tim McClelland was on the disabled list. In September 2014, Vanover was the home plate umpire for Derek Jeter's final game. Vanover was promoted to permanent crew chief upon McClelland's retirement prior to the 2015 season. List of Major League Baseball umpires Retrosheet
Justin Brooks Verlander is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander weighs 225 pounds. From Manakin-Sabot, Verlander attended Old Dominion University and played college baseball for the Monarchs, he broke the Colonial Athletic Association's career records for strikeouts. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Verlander helped lead the United States national team to a silver medal; the Tigers selected him in the first round and as the second overall pick of the 2004 first-year player draft. As a former ace in the Tigers' starting rotation, he was a key figure in four consecutive American League Central division championships from 2011−2014, in the Astros' first World Series championship in 2017, he is among the career pitching leaders for the Tigers, including ranking second in strikeouts, seventh in wins, eighth in innings pitched.
The winner of a number of accolades, Verlander is a seven-time MLB All-Star, has led the AL in strikeouts five times and in wins twice. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2006, on June 12, 2007, pitched the first no-hitter at Comerica Park versus the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, he led the AL both for the first time. Verlander produced his most successful season in 2011, including his second career no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, 2011. By season's end, Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown, the AL Cy Young Award unanimously, the AL Most Valuable Player Award, the Sporting News Player of the Year Award. On August 31, 2017, the Tigers traded Verlander to the Houston Astros just before the trade deadline, he became an impact for the team, going undefeated in his first five starts heading into the postseason, he helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series, which they won over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving him his first career ring. For his performance in the 2017 American League Championship Series, he was named MVP, was co-winner of the Babe Ruth Award for most outstanding performance in the 2017 postseason.
In the 2018 season, Verlander became the 114th pitcher in major league history to reach 200 career wins becoming the 20th fastest to reach the milestone. Verlander's father Richard sent him to The Richmond Baseball Academy, he was able to throw his fastball 84 mph shortly after joining the academy. His velocity plateaued at 86 mph during his senior year at Goochland High School, during which he was sidetracked by strep throat. Verlander's velocity reached 87 mph during his first year at Old Dominion. Verlander, a 6′5", 200 pound right-handed pitcher, played for the Old Dominion University baseball team for three years. On May 17, 2002, he struck out a then-school record 17 batters against James Madison. In 2003, he set a school single-season record by recording 139 strikeouts. In 2004, he broke his own record and established a new Colonial Athletic Association record with 151 strikeouts. Verlander completed his career as the all-time strikeout leader in Old Dominion, the CAA and the Commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 in 335⅔ innings.
During his three years, he averaged 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and his career collegiate earned run average was 2.57. Verlander pitched for the USA national baseball team in 2003 and helped the US to a silver medal in the Pan American Games, he was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2002 and earned All-CAA honors in 2003 and 2004. Verlander was named the ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year in 2004, was the second overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers. Verlander's professional baseball career began when the Detroit Tigers selected him second overall in the 2004 MLB Draft, he signed a contract on October 25, 2004. Verlander made his professional debut in 2005, he played for two of Detroit's minor league affiliates: the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Erie SeaWolves, started two games for the Tigers in July. After posting a 9–2 record and a 1.67 ERA in 13 starts for Lakeland, Verlander joined the SeaWolves on June 20. On July 4, 2005, Verlander started against the Cleveland Indians and pitched 5⅓ innings, gave up four runs and was charged with a loss.
He made a start against the Minnesota Twins 19 days later. Verlander lost both of his major league starts in 2005, but in seven starts with Erie, he was 2–0 and his ERA was 0.28. Tightness in his right shoulder caused Verlander's season to end in early August when he was placed on the disabled list. Verlander was recognized as a Florida State League all–star, was a starting pitcher in the Futures Game and, according to Baseball America, was Detroit's highest rated prospect. Verlander made his Major League debut on July 4, 2005, he went 0–2 with a 7.15 ERA in his only 2 starts of the season. In his first full Major League season, Verlander went 17–9 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 124 batters in 186 innings. On July 4, 2006, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Fernando Rodney each threw multiple fastballs over 100 mph, becoming the first time in MLB history that three pitchers, on the same team, had done so during a game, he picked off seven baserunners. In 2006, he became the first rookie pitcher in the history of the game to win 10 games before the end of June and was named AL Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
During Game 1 of the 2006 World Series, Verlan