DETROIT -- Justin Verlander is 2011 Tiger of the Year as voted on by the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Verlander received 25 of the 26 first place votes, with the other vote going to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Verlander led the American League with 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts to become just the second pitcher in franchise history to lead all three categories in a single season. He joined Hal Newhouser, who accomplished the feat in 1945.
Verlander became the first American League pitcher to win the Triple Crown since Minnesotas Johan Santana did so in 2006. In addition to leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts, Verlander also topped all league pitchers with an .828 winning percentage, 251.0 innings pitched, a .192 batting average against, 6.24 hits per nine innings and 8.39 baserunners per nine innings.
Verlander had a 16-3 record following a Tigers loss. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the most wins by a p...