Found November 22, 2011 on Hall of Very Good:
87972618
Postseason awards are funny.

Typically, you're going to hear a lot of people saying they don't matter...until they object to who wins one.  Then, of course, they suddenly begin to matter.

Such was the case Monday when Justin Verlander was named the American League Most Valuable Player.

Ask anyone what they thought about the Detroit Tigers pitcher taking home the award and they had an opinion.

Me...I asked Twitter.

Earlier in the day, Dwight Gooden and his clouded memory took center stage.  Late Monday night...it was two-time recipient Frank Thomas sounding off on the merits of the MVP award.

Verlander had a unbelievable season but he was not the league MVP!!
Pitchers do not deserve that award!! 36 starts is not enough to be the league MVP!!
If they want to add a 3rd award for pitchers they should do just that. MVP is measured over a 162 game schedule!!

I've been keeping an eye on "The Big Hurt" since he hit Twitter in June and never have I seen him this vocal...much less all that active.

But, if Thomas is looking to stir the pot a little bit...he did just that.

If dude is looking to troll the waters and help promote Big Hurt Beer (which he conveniently dropped into conversation right before his Verlander takes)...well done.

Big Hurt Beer...a crisp full-flavored lager with All-Star taste and a smooth finish.  Now available at selected locations throughout Chicago and at the Binny's Beverage Depots.

Stock up today!


THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Justin Verlander's Badassery Knows No Bounds; AL Cy Young and MVP in the Bag

Is there anything Justin Verlander can't do? Maybe... but probably not. After winning the American League’s pitching triple crown by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, the Detroit Tigers right-hander officially became the Most Valuable Player of 2011 on Monday. He's the first pitcher to earn the MVP honor since Dennis Eckersley with the Oakland Athletics...

Tigers' Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

(source feed provided no summary content for this entry)

Tigers' Pitcher Verlander Named MVP

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was named the American League Most Valuable Player, a rare feat for a pitcher. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 24-5 record with 2.40 earned run average, leading his team to the playoffs. Verlander, who won the Cy Young Award, given annually to each league's best pitcher, two weeks ago, received 13 of 28 first-place votes for MVP. Red...

Verlander Named A.L. Most Valuable Player

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers won American League Most Valuable Player award Monday, the first time a pitcher had won since 1992.

Justin Verlander is no MVP, because no pitcher should ever be MVP

SCOTT JACOBS MVP.  Most Valuable Player.  It does not stand for Most Valuable Pitcher. That’s not a slap in the face to Justin Verlander, who had a remarkable season, in almost single-handedly willing the Tigers to the playoffs.  It’s a distinction.  Think about it for a second: You will never see a position player win the CY Young, so why should a pitcher be able to grab...

Verlander wins AL MVP, 1st starter in 25 years

Detroit's Justin Verlander has become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award, adding it to his Cy Young Award last week.

Voice of the fans: Baseball writer who excluded Verlander strikes out

You have to laugh at many of the comments directed toward the lone baseball writer who left Justin Verlander off his ballot for the MVP award.

Justin Verlander Is MVP, Albert Pujols May Be Older Than We Think, And Other Hot ******* Stove Developments

Your roundup of all the hottest hot-stove items of the day (and whatever **** Ken Rosenthal is throwing against the wall). This is ... HOT ******* STOVE!!! More »
Tigers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.