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  • Detroit Tigers • Pitcher • #35
  • Height: 6' 5 "
• Weight: 225 • Born: 2/20/83
  • In Little League, some children would start crying in the on-deck circle when they saw how fast Justin threw.
  • Justin was doing long-toss before he knew what it was. By high school, he could throw a baseball the length of a football field.
  • Justin is the all-time strikeout leader at Old Dominion.
  • Before Justin, the last ODU hurler to make an impact in the majors was Wayne Gomes of the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Justin’s 1.11 ERA at three levels in 2005 was the best of any pitcher in the Tigers organization.
  • Justin’s manager with the AA Erie Seawolves was former New York Mets hero Duffy Dyer.
  • In a 2006 game against the Oakland A’s, Justin and relievers Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney each reached triple-digits on the radar gun.
  • Justin allowed just one stolen base his rookie year. Seven runners attempting to steal were thrown out.
  • Justin did not give up more than one earned run in any of his July 2006 starts.
  • Justin was named AL Rookie of the Year in 2006.
  • Justin pitched 240 innings in 2009 to lead the majors.
  • Justin notched his 1,000th career strikeout in April of 2011. He won his 100th game later that year.
  • Justin struck out a career-high 14 batters in a 2011 game.
  • In 2011, Justin joined Willie Hernandez, Denny McLain and Hal Newhouser as the only Detroit pitchers to win the AL MVP award.
  • Justin and Clayton Kershaw each won the pitching Triple Crown in 2011. It marked the first time since 1924 this had happened in both leagues.
  • Justin and Virgil Trucks are the only Tigers with multiple no-hitters.




Joel Zumaya, 2004 Bowman

Willie Hernandez,
1985 The Sporting New Baseball Register

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