“I’m a power guy. Good fastball. A knuckle curve, which I can throw for strikes. A changeup which sinks down and away from lefties and I can also throw for strikes.”

“The only thing I can control is how well I pitch.”

“I want to show that I can pitch well and get along with the guys in the locker room.’’

“I kind of realized I couldn’t blow the ball by everybody. In high school I could do that, but now it’s not going to work. I need to pitch.’’

“I like to challenge hitters with a ‘Here it is, hit it,’ mentality. It’s definitely a big part of my game, especially when I get in situations where I need it. I usually save a little bit so it’s there for me.”

“I use high velocity to keep hitters off balance.”

“I am an emotional pitcher, but I can control it. When I was in high school, I was a little immature and I let my emotions get the best of me.”

”I am always going to be working on location, even if I have a 20-year career. Talk to me in 15 years and I will still be working on location. It’s something I can always do better. Right now, it’s not nearly where it could be, so it gives me something to work on every day.”

“To hit 100 miles per hour, that’s something. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it, but it’s something I can do and think about.”

“All I know is that if I continue to pitch well, good things will keep happening.”

“I'm hoping to learn something new every day. It sounds corny, but I really do come in here every day, listening and talking with the veteran guys and seeing what I can absorb.”

”If you had told me at the beginning of the year that I was going to be a shoo-in for the Cy Young, I would have been absolutely ecstatic and amazed.”

“I think that a starting pitcher has to do something special to be as valuable or more so than a position player.”

“I want to be in the Hall of Fame.”



Justin Verlander,
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Justin Verlander,
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