You can debate whether Justin Verlander should be win the “best player in the league” award, but there was no debate on if he’d win the “best pitcher” version.
The Detroit Tiger ace was an unanimous selection for the Walter Johnson Award, given out by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Verlander was the top name on all 21 ballots, easily outdistancing Los Angeles of Anaheim starter Jered Weaver. Weaver was a distant second, 80 points behind Verlander. New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia came in third.
On the National League side, results were a little bit closer. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw beat out Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay 137-112. Kershaw received 15 first place nods, while Halladay garnered eight. Halladay’s teammate, Cliff Lee, finished in the show position.
The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
Justin Verlander, Detroit (21) 147
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles of Anaheim 67