Found November 22, 2011 on Baseball Musings:
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The writer who left Justin Verlander off his ballot speaks on why he made that decision: Tigers ace Justin Verlander appeared on 27 of 28 ballots for American League MVP, but was omitted by Jim Ingraham of the Herald-News in Ohio, who voted Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista first. Ingraham doesn’t think pitchers should be eligible. “If I thought pitchers should be eligible, I would have voted him No. 1,” he told the Free Press. “Verlander pitched in 21% of his team’s games. If this was the NFL, that would be three games. I know it’s two different sports, but I can’t see a quarterback winning the MVP if he appeared in only three games.” The problem, of course, is that pitchers are eligible. If he wants the BBWAA to change the rules, that fine, but he should follow the rules. If he thought Justin was the most valuable (which he seems to indicate), and pitchers are eligible (which they are), then he should have voted for Verlander. Unlike 1999, when a write left Pedro Martinez o...
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