One of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game of baseball is Justin Verlander, a three-time CY Young Award winner. He was moved from the New York Mets to the Houston Astros during the 2023 MLB trade deadline, the team with which he had previously won two titles and two Cy Young Awards. Verlander is a two-time member of the All-MVP First Team, the 2011 AL MVP, and a nine-time All-Star.
In addition, he won the 2011 Pitching Triple Crown and the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2022. Verlander was the AL leader in wins four times, AL strikeouts five times, and AL ERA twice. He’s even pitched three no-hitters.
Even with all of those achievements in his baseball career, his wife Kate Upton, who has had a successful career in her own right, maybe his greatest achievement.
Having said that, let’s take a deeper look at Kate Upton, Justin Verlander’s wife, and everything that she has achieved in her career.
Who is Justin Verlander’s Wife, Kate Upton?
The “IT” girl of the early to mid-2010s was Kate Upton. After winning Rookie of the Year in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Upton’s modeling career took off. In the years that followed, Upton appeared on the magazine’s cover three times (in 2012, 2013, and 2017), making her one of just six models to do so. Upton served as both GQ and Esquire’s cover model.
Upton launched a remarkable acting career as well by combining her celebrity, attractiveness, and talent. Tower Heist served as her acting debut. Upton and Alexandra Daddario co-starred in The Layover in 2017. The Three Stooges and The Other Woman are also featured in her filmography.
The actress-turned-model has received numerous accolades for both her beauty and her work. Models.com recognized her as the fifth sexiest model in 2012. Upton received the 2013 Model of the Year award from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She was crowned the sexiest woman alive in 2014 by PEOPLE Magazine Awards.
Justin Verlander and Kate Upton’s Relationship
While filming a Major League Baseball 2K12 video game commercial in 2012, Verlander and Upton became friends. Despite being spotted together in St. Thomas in 2013, the couple didn’t start dating until the following year.
On May 17, 2014, the couple made their Instagram presence known. They proposed in early 2016 and married on November 4, 2017, just days after Verlander won his first World Series. Since then, the pair has been happily married and has a daughter named Genevieve.
Upton is well-known for her devotion to her husband’s baseball career. She has been seen on camera yelling at a heckling spectator and has appeared at several of Verlander’s games.
The pair will return to Houston, where Verlander has had a lot of success in his career. He credits Upton for his achievement.
Upton has supported Verlander through some of his most difficult periods, including fights with depression while the pitcher was dealing with injuries in the early stages of their relationship. Verlander will now aim to assist the second-place (NL West) Astros in their effort to win back-to-back World Series.
Justin Verlander Biography
Born on February 20, 1983, pitcher Justin Brooks Verlander represents the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball (MLB). He formerly competed in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, respectively.
Verlander played collegiate baseball for the Monarchs while attending Old Dominion University (ODU), where he hails from Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. He surpassed the Colonial Athletic Association and Monarch’s lifetime strikeout records.
At the 2003 Pan American Games, Verlander helped the United States national team capture a silver medal. Verlander played little league baseball for Richmond, Virginia’s Tuckahoe Little League.
Richard Verlander sent his son to The Richmond Baseball Academy when he was a little lad. He had a fastball that could go 84 mph (135 km/h) when he first entered the academy. His top speed was 86 mph (138 km/h) during his senior year at Goochland High School when he was constrained by strep throat.
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