New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander has always been a star player. An All-Star in Detroit, he played for the Tigers and Houston Astros and broke several MLB records.
Verlander once spoke out against MLB when he suspected a baseball league commissioner was manipulating the game.
After the All-Star break in 2015, when the number of home runs increased, the topic of juice balls became a hot topic. With nearly a 60% increase over 2014, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ordered an investigation to see if the ball was responsible for the increase in home runs. An examination concluded that the ball behaved differently, but no explanation was given.
Speaking to ESPN in 2019, Verlander said of MLB Commissioner Manfred:
“Manfred, what did he say the first time he came in? He said he wanted to attack more. Suddenly he came in and the ball was juice? not.
“All I’m saying is I don’t care if the ball gets juiced. [seriously]It’s fairfield because everyone uses the same ball. My problem is that I don’t like lying. I knew something was wrong. 100-year-old records have been broken and numbers distorted. ”
Justin Verlander believed MLB deliberately ‘juiced’ the ball
Asked if he thought the league intentionally “juiced” the ball, Verlander replied:
“Yes. 100%. They’ve been using juice balls in Home Run Derby’s all their lives. They know how to do it. It’s no coincidence. Major League Baseball owns Rawlings, and coincidentally the ball is juice.”
Verlander made his MLB debut in 2005, was named to nine MLB All-Star games and won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2006.
For the first time in 2009, he led the AL in both wins and strikeouts.
Justin Verlander slams MLB’s Rob Manfred for a league-winning “juice ball” with record-breaking home run pace. “It’s a joke.” – Yahoo Sports MLB
2011 was Verlander’s most productive season, recording the second no-hitter of his career against the Toronto Blue Jays. By the end of the campaign, Verlander had won his AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, the Sporting News Player of the Year Award, the AL Thighs His Young Award, and a pitching triple his crown. 2019 was Verlander’s first season to record 300 strikeouts in his career.