Found November 21, 2011 on Fenway West:
Jacoby Ellsbury was denied the American League MVP as the voters gave it to pitcher and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.  This is the first time a pitcher has won the MVP since 1986.

The Case for Jacoby Ellsbury

Today, we’re going to be writing up affirmative arguments for each of the three primary MVP candidates, and I get to make the case for Jacoby Ellsbury‘s candidacy. On the surface, arguing for Ellsbury is something easy case to make – after all, he led the majors in WAR, and even though it is not a precise measure of value that should be taken as gospel, the guy with the...

Jacoby Ellsbury Still This Fan's MVP

Congratulations to Justin Verlander for winning both the Cy Young Award and the MVP. His award is not without justification and will not go down in history as some kind of stupid vote. This writer simply feels that Jacoby Ellsbury had a season unlike few others in Major League history. That's why he was this writer's Stan Musial Award pick for the BBA. Jose Bautista won...

Jacoby Ellsbury gets recognition

When he left for spring training in February, Jacoby Ellsbury vowed to his trainers that he would be back in Arizona...

Ellsbury top position player on AL MVP ballot

Jacoby Ellsbury's transformation from table-setter to game-changer was dramatic enough that he finished higher than any other position player in the American League's Most Valuable Player Award voting, which was released Monday.

Jacoby Ellsbury Places 2nd in MVP Voting As Justin Verlander Takes Home the Hardware

Jacoby came up short in the MVP race. Jacoby Ellsbury received 4 first place votes and 13 second place votes as part of 240 total points, which placed him 2nd in the MVP voting. Ellsbury hit .321/.376/.552  with 32 homeruns, 39 stolen bases, a 146 OPS+, 15.6 UZR  and a 9.4 WAR (1st in the MLB). Verlander received 13 first place votes, though one voter left him off the ballot entirely...

Neyer: Give Jacoby the MVP

With the AL MVP announcement coming up soon, SB Nation's Rob Neyer lists his thought process for the most deserving candidates. He only considers eight guys, including three Sox: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, and Jacoby Ellsbury. Here's what he has to say about Ells, his choice for the winner: I wouldn't give Verlander any chance at all, because some voters just don...

Ellsbury second in AL MVP

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury garnered four first-place votes and 242 points in finishing second to Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in the American League Most Valuable Player balloting, the results of which were announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America yesterday in New York.

Justin Verlander Wins American League MVP Award, Jacoby Ellsbury Finishes Second

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. Verlander earned the American League MVP honor Monday, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury...

Bautista is ... not the AL MVP

Via he came in 3rd. Verlander got it, named on 27 of 28 ballots vs Bautista being on all 28. Jacoby Ellsbury came in 2nd for MVP with 4 first place votes. Bautista had 5 first votes, 7 2nds, 4 each for 3/4/5th place, 1 each for 6th through 9th place. I'd love to see the ballot of the writer who put Bautista 9th.Bautista was 4th last year, so I guess we can...

Jacoby Ellsbury finishes second to Justin Verlander in MVP voting

The concession came in the form of a Tweet. @JacobyEllsbury: Congrats to Justin Verlander. Thanks to all the writers...

The Case for Jose Bautista

Major League Baseball will announce the winner of the 2011 American League Most Valuable Player this afternoon. While sabermetric tools such as Wins Above Replacement are very helpful, and perhaps even necessary for sorting out which players have been the most valuable, they are not necessarily sufficient by themselves for deciding such issues. As I discussed in an earlier (no-longer...

Verlander Voted Most Valuable

Justin Verlander wins the MVP to go with his Cy Young, while Jacoby Ellsbury (gerbil's MFRS) got the runner up. I was on the fence whether it should be Ellsbury or Verlander and can not argue with either choice. Jim Ingraham of The Herald-News in Ohio left Verlander off their MVP ballot entirely (and explains his position in the linked article. Pete Abraham provides an interesting...

Justin Verlander is your AL MVP

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Well, it's official.  The Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is your American League MVP with 23 first place votes (and 280 total points). Jacoby Ellsbury came in a fairly close second, with 242 total points, although he only garnered 4 first place votes.  Toronto's Jose Bautista, who finished 3rd with 231 points, had 5 first place...

A Shanksgiving Tale

Even the likes of Shank realize it's in bad form to trash local sports figures such as Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Claude Julien, Bill Belichick, and Red Sox management and ownership one day from Thanksgiving, so we get the annual local high school athlete column. If Jonathan DiBiaso makes it to the National Football League, he can look forward to Shank treating...
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