Found November 21, 2011 on Ted's Army:
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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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