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O'Hara: Verlander is the AL MVP

On the day it was announced that he had won the American Leagues Cy Young Award, Justin Verlander told a funny story that described how his teammates regard him. Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers lighthearted but heavy-hitting first baseman, romped through the clubhouse wearing a Superman cape. Verlander, in Cabreras view, was baseballs version of Superman this season. Verlander was...

Verlander most deserving of MVP award

In early September, I wrote of the American League MVP race: "A position player should win the award if all things are equal." One month later, after agonizing over my ballot during contemplative rain delays, I concluded that this was an unequal year. I voted for Justin Verlander ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury. I did so after parsing the criteria set forth by the Baseball...

Leyland harbors fondness for Tanner

The Detroit Tigers' postseason run ended with a loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, but that didn't stop manager Jim Leyland from watching every second of the World Series.

A pitcher as MVP? Tigers' Verlander has a case

Here's a look from Free Press baseball writer John Lowe at the MVP worthiness of Justin Verlander's most apparent rivals for the award -- and some comments by and about Verlander's candidacy: CF, Boston

Verlander: Pitchers deserve MVP consideration

Justin Verlander knows that voting for the American League Most Valuable Player ended a month and a half ago. That wasn't going to stop him from carrying on the debate one final time last week.

Expect more awards for Tigers' Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander won the Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote, which means he'll try to do better next year. This...

Kershaw, Verlander Named Cy Young Winners

This week it was announced that Clayton Kershaw(NL) and Justin Verlander(AL) were named MLB Cy Young Award winners for the 2011 season. Dodgers' ace Kershaw had dominated the season and was a key reason the Los Angeles team pulled off looking somewhat decent in a season full of owner turmoil and fan disappointment. Justin Verlander not only wins the Cy Young but is...

Vote: Who Should Be Named American League MVP?

Often times there is a clear-cut winner when it comes to the American League MVP -- or at least a front-runner. But this season's voting is a bit intriguing, as voters have a number of things they have to consider. Much of this year's debate is centering around how much Tigers ace Justin Verlander should be considered. For years, there's been varying opinions on whether...

An MVP-less Justin Verlander would continue a horrible trend

I am all for a pitcher winning the MVP award, and not just because I am a former hurler myself. If a pitcher, Justin Verlander for example, is the best player on his team and most valuable, he deserves the award. He should not be excluded because “pitchers have their own award”. That’s just like saying Dominik Hasek should not have been named NHL’s Most Valuable Player...

Justin Verlander awaits MVP vote but still savors Cy Young

DETROIT - The American League MVP will be announced at 2 p.m. EST Monday. If Justin Verlander wins it, he probably...

Body Language

Dale Sveum learned from the best not to give anything away in the dugout: The difference, I think, is that Sveum played in the major leagues for several managers — Jim Leyland, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre — who have combined to win multiple World Series. Sveum cited those three in particular as his managerial influences. He mentioned how those men never give away body language...

Wash Third in Manager of the Year Vote

Just as he has every year that he's been the Rangers' manager, Ron Washington won more games in 2011 than he did the year before. He won the AL West for the second straight season, navigated around the departure of Cliff Lee, dealt with injuries to key members of the team, massaged the hurt feelings of Michael Young and got a career year out of Mike Napoli. It was a very...
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