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Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 5:04 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander had a historic season for several reasons, and you can now add MVP and Cy Young in the same season to the list. He won the American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday afternoon. Verlander becomes the first starting pitcher to win MVP since Roger Clemens took home the honors all the way back in 1986. This also marks the first time any pitcher has won since 1992, when A's closer Dennis Eckersley won. This marks the 10th time a pitcher has won both the MVP and Cy Young in the same season.

"Not even in my wildest dreams had I thought of this," Verlander said. "I want to say this is a dream come true. I can't say that because my dream had already had come true ... to win a Cy Young. And the next dream is to win a World Series. This wasn't even on my radar until the talk started. And then all of a sudden it was a this-could-actually-happen type of thing."

Verlander, 28, was clearly the best pitcher in baseball in 2011. He went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 250 strikeouts in 251 innings. He had four complete games, two shutouts and one no-hitter. He led the American League in wins, winning percentage, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP, ERA-plus and hits per nine innings.

Verlander racking up awards
The only real question as to whether or not Verlander would win the award was based upon his position. Pitchers only work once every fifth day, so many argued that they shouldn't be allowed to win an award that is traditionally given to players who are seen in the lineup every single game. But Verlander was so good it was tough to ignore. And he tied Jose Bautista with 8.5 wins above replacement, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

"I think that a starting pitcher has to do something special to be as valuable or more so than a position player," Verlander said. "Obviously, having the chance to play in 160-some games in the case of Miguel, they can obviously have a huge impact every day. That's why, I've talked about on my day, on a pitcher's day, the impact we have is tremendous on that game. So you have to have a great impact almost every time out to supersede (position players) and it happens on rare occasions, and I guess this year was one of those years."

This vote was probably the most intriguing of all the BBWAA votes this season because it felt wide open. Should pitchers be allowed to win? Can a player on a fourth-place team be considered valuable? Can a player on a team who had a historic collapse down the stretch win? There were arguments all over the place for the last six weeks of the season. Here's how the final vote stacked up, with the final points in parentheses:

1. Verlander (280)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (242)
3. Bautista (231)
4. Curtis Granderson (215)
5. Miguel Cabrera (193)
6. Robinson Cano (112)
7. Adrian Gonzalez (105)
8. Michael Young (96)
9. Dustin Pedroia (48)
10. Evan Longoria (27)

In order: Ian Kinsler, Alex Avila, Paul Konerko, CC Sabathia, Adrian Beltre, Ben Zobrist, Victor Martinez, James Shields, Mark Teixeira, Asdrubal Cabrera, Alex Gordon, Josh Hamilton and David Robertson also received votes.

Verlander received 13 of the 28 first-place votes. Bautista got five, Ellsbury, four; Granderson, three; Miguel Cabrera, two and Young got one first-place vote. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News gave Young his lone MVP vote.

One voter, Jim Ingraham of the Lake Herald News (Cleveland) completely left Verlander off the ballot. Via the Associated Press, here was Ingraham's rationale:

"I'd wrestled with this for a long time. If I was ever going to vote for pitcher for MVP, it would be him this year," Ingraham said. "He hasn't appeared in 79 percent of their games, any starting pitcher really doesn't appear in 79 percent of his team's games in a year.

"Would you vote for an NFL quarterback for MVP if he only appeared in three of his team's 16 games, which would 21 percent? So that's part of it. Another part of it is I think they're apples and oranges. The guys that are in there every day, there's a grind to a season that a starting pitcher doesn't, I don't think, experience the way the everyday position players do playing 150, 160 games."

Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal gave Verlander an eighth-place vote while both Chad Jennings of the Journal News (New York) and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle voted him sixth.

Jacoby Ellsbury was hurt by a 10th place vote from Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Chicago).

Other pitchers to win MVP and Cy Young in the same year were Don Newcombe (1956), Sandy Koufax (1963), Bob Gibson, Denny McLain (1968), Vida Blue (1971), Rollie Fingers (1981) and Willie Hernandez (1984).

This is the ninth time a Tigers player has won the MVP. The others: Mickey Cochrane (1934), Hank Greenberg (1935), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Greenberg (1940), Hal Newhouser (1944), Newhouser (1945), McLain (1968) and Hernandez (1984).

The National League MVP will be revealed Tuesday. It's likely to be either Ryan Braun or Matt Kemp, but a few others will factor heavily in the voting.

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Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

I hate to tell Yankee fans that I told ya so, but what the hell!  This round is on me, next one will cost you.



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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:43 am
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Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:37 am
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:57 am
 

Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

I can not believe all of the idiots on here that say a pitcher should not win the MVP. First of all the idiots that say pitchers have their own award called the CY award. Well they also have a award for the everyday players called the Silver Slugger.
JV had the best year out of any other player in the American League so why shouldn't he have won. Because you people in Boston think that Ellsbury or Gonzalez should have won. I don't think so since Ellsbury hit 32 HR's 105 RBI's and had a 321 batting avg while Gonzalez hit 27HR's 117 RBI's and had a 338 batting avg. While those are nice stats let compare them to the other whiners players on the Yankees. Granderson hit 41 HR's 119 RBI's and had a 262 batting avg while Cano had 28 HR's 118 RBI's with a 302 batting avg. 
Cabrera had 30HR's with 105 RBI's and a 344 batting avg but he was not MVP either.

The guy who won it is the one who earned it and deserved it ...So congrats JV and to the rest better luck next year


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:53 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:37 am
 

Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

Youre just upset Granderson didnt get it. Face it, Verlander deserved this award, and thats the truth.


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Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:22 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:12 am
 

Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

My point is an MVP PITCHER does not go out and pitch like a number 4 starter.When Verlnader faced good teams
in the regular season and the playoffs he gave up 4 or 5 runs per game.C.C would have won 24 games if he pitched in the
worst division in baseball too

Hey moron.  Verlander had a 3.30 era against the A.L East this past season and his ERA against the Yankees and Boston combined was even lower then that.  I know you only look at 2 starts and are stupid and arrogant enough to think an MVP or Cy Young award should only be based on how a pitcher does against the Yankees, but that's not how players are judged. 

By the way, CC pitched in the Central for most of his career and never won more then 19 games.  And no, the Central wasn't a great division back then either.  I know you just recently started following MLB but trust me, it wasn't a great division.  

Finally, you say you know the awards on based on the regular season stats and you supposedly know the votes are in before the playoffs start, so if that's true, when are you going to shut up and stop referring to the playoffs when talking about the MVP award?

And you still haven't answered my question from a while back.  If JV isn't worthy because of his playoff performance ( retarding thinking)  then why was Arod worth for any of his three MVP awards?  His team didn't make the playoffs for one of them, he hit 160 something in another, and around 260 with 1 hr in another....  and why was CC worthy of a Cy Young the year he had an era of almost 9 in the playoffs ?

But you won't answer those questions... you'll skip over them because you know you're wrong and stupid.... 


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:30 pm
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