Found November 21, 2011 on
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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 votes.
I don't like seeing a pitcher win the MVP award, but it's hard to argue against Verlander taking home the trophy this year. Congratulations to him.
And if you're wondering, Adrian Gonzalez came in 7th with 105 points, and Pedroia finished 9th with 48 points.
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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...
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...
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers won American League Most Valuable Player award Monday, the first time a pitcher had won since 1992.
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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...
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.
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