Is Verlander future Hall of Famer?
Jun 5, 2013 at 1:00a ET
Some will argue Justin Verlander is the best active pitcher in the game.
And why not?
The Detroit Tigers right-hander owns a Cy Young Award, an MVP and led the American League in strikeouts three times in the last five years.
Through June 1, the nine-year veteran features 131 victories, a 3.41 ERA, 1,541 strikeouts and 20 complete games. Among active pitchers, he ranks 18th in wins, 11th in ERA, 22nd in K's and 12th in complete games.
In 2011, he led the AL in wins (24-5), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250) as the Tigers won the AL Central Division. He not only was voted the AL Cy Young winner that year, but was the first pitcher to win a regular-season MVP award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992.
Only 30, Verlander, who only has pitched for Detroit, should be around long enough to build an impressive résume.
Will it be good enough for Cooperstown once he's out of the game for five years? Tigers fans hope they don't have to worry about that for some time.
Watch above video to hear his case.