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Justin Verlander Faced Injury And Depression

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This young pitcher has been through the wringer, both physically and emotionally, yet he has succeeded and met his goals. Find out more about Justin Verlander and his road to success!

Justin Verlander was the Detroit Tigers first-round pick (second overall) in Baseball’s 2004 Amateur Draft. Verlander was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2006, and he pitched for the Tigers for 12 seasons before being traded to the Houston Astros in 2017. In 2011, Justin Verlander accomplished the rare feat of winning both the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards. Justin Verlander is a six-time All-Star who has led the American League in strikeouts on five occasions. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 American League Championship Series.

Justin Verlander is going to achieve his goal! He is a future Hall of Famer! He helped the Detroit Tigers win two American League Pennants, and he helped lead the Houston Astros to a World Championship in 2017! Verlander is a great competitor who effectively changes speeds on his fastball. Verlander put himself in very elite company when he threw his third career no-hitter on September 1st. Several years ago, Verlander battled some injuries and lost several miles per hour off his fastball. He got healthy, regained his velocity and has cemented his place in Baseball History! Verlander took his game to another level when he was traded to the Astros. This year, he is a very impressive 18-6 with a 2.58 ERA and is in a battle for the American League Cy Young Award with teammate Gerrit Cole. Justin Verlander is 36 years old and is showing no signs of slowing down!

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Verlander has overcome a lot of adversity to get to where he is now. He has stated his misdiagnosed triceps injury with the Detroit Tigers actually turned out to be a lat muscle injury. He has also been very open about how he has struggled with depression and credits his wife, Kate Upton, with helping him through his darkest times.

“I don’t like to talk to people about being hurt,” Verlander said. “As athletes, you’re not supposed to. It’s an excuse. …But she was someone I could talk to. I mean, basically a therapist. Somebody I could trust with…worries about my career. Worries about, Can I make it? Worries about what I’m going through to get back. And just the overall (expletive) of it all.”

Depression and other mental illnesses can be a tricky topic to traverse in the workplace. It’s a conversation that is necessary to have but difficult to begin. A UK-based study showed that three in five employees experience mental health issues that are directly due to their work. Also, almost 8% of sick days taken are due to mental or emotional struggles. One way to face this problem is by using some of the tips provided by the Chartered Management Institute. They offer multiple ways that you can lend aid to employees or an entire company or even if you’re the one seeking help.

“If you’re experiencing a period of depression whilst at work, consider letting your line manager or a trusted colleague know. Try to avoid creating more stress for yourself by hiding it, which can compound your feelings and, potentially, lead you to burn out. Your line manager will be able to support you through this time. Before you approach your line manager, have a think about what you would find helpful from your employer during this time. It may be a period of extended absence, reduced or remote working hours, or to take on fewer projects or responsibilities. You’ll know best how you can make it through to the other side, so try to be explicit in what you need.”

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Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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