Detroit Tigers, ex-teammates congratulate Justin Verlander on World Series title

Brian Manzullo
Detroit Free Press
Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros celebrates with manager A.J. Hinch after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 to win the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Nov. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles.

This was exactly what Justin Verlander had in mind when he made the difficult decision to accept the Detroit Tigers' trade to the Houston Astros two months ago.

He's a World Series champion.

And Detroit - the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2004 and the city where he rose to baseball stardom - was quick to congratulate him late Wednesday night.

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Shortly after the Astros secured their first World Series championship in franchise history, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7, the Tigers tweeted:

Several of his former teammates expressed kudos as well.

Verlander spent his first 12 seasons with the Tigers, winning American League Cy Young and MVP in 2011, throwing two no-hitters and winning two AL pennants. He also was AL Rookie of the Year in 2006.

The Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros in the final minutes on Aug. 31 in an effort to rebuild as the Astros went for a championship. Verlander, 34, helped get them there.

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