Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/3/11
Justin Verlander is going to need a bigger trophy case.While he hasn't found out yet about the major awards the AL Cy Young and MVP he did take home two honors at Thursday's Players Choice Awards. Verlander became the second pitcher to be named Player of the Year, and was selected the American League's Outstanding Pitcher in voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association."These awards are special, because they are voted on by your peers," the veteran Tigers pitcher said during a conference call. "It's a great feeling to be recognized by your teammates and the players you face for having a great season."The awards came with 70,000 in donations to Verlander's favorite charity 20,000 for Pitcher of the Year and 50,000 for Player of the Year and he threw in another 30,000 of his own."I added my own money to make it an even 100,000," he said. "The money is going to go to the two VA hospitals that we have in the area one in Detroit and one in Ann Arbor. Those are the hospitals that we drew from when we had veterans using my suite on the days I pitched, and it is a cause that is very important to me."Verlander won the AL pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). He also allowed the fewest hits (6.2) and baserunners (8.2) per nine innings, threw a no-hitter and set a Tigers record by winning 12 straight starts. "After the no-hitter, I got into a stretch of starts where I was really dominant," he said. "I thought I would be able to keep that up for the rest of the season, which is when I realized something really great might happen."Verlander beat out Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson for Player of the Year. The only other pitcher to win it was Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999.Verlander is a huge favorite to win the Cy Young on Nov. 17, and will battle Bostons Jacoby Ellsbury, Torontos Jose Bautista and Granderson for the MVP. Even though Granderson put up his spectacular numbers in a Yankees uniform, Verlander was thrilled for his former teammate."Everyone knows what a great player and a great person Curtis is," he said. "It was an honor to beat him out tonight for the Player of the Year voting."Verlander hopes the media will agree with the players that a pitcher is worthy of the highest honor."I'm only the second pitcher to win this award, which is a special feeling," he said. "I think that having the players say that should speak to the people in the media that don't think a pitcher can win the MVP."Verlander says that he's been too busy working on his golf game to let the enormity of his 24-5 season set in, but that he does realize what his team accomplished. The Tigers came just shy of making it to his second World Series."Even early in the season, I kept saying that we had so much talent that once we got rolling we would be tough to stop," he said. "That's exactly what happened."He also doesn't think this will be the team's last run deep into October."I expect this team to win the whole thing I really do," he said. "Once we get some experience playing as a group, we're going to be even better. Almost everyone will be back next year, and the front office has done a great job of adding the parts we need."''Obviously from a personal standpoint, it was an amazing year. I worked extremely hard for this,'' Verlander said. ''If you expect greatness, it shouldn't surprise you. So I've always expected myself to be able to pitch this way. So it still doesn't surprise me I did. ''I think I'll be looking back at this one for a long time,'' he said. ''I don't know if I'll have a season like this again, but I'm not going to discount it. I'm not going to say I won't. Things have to go right for it to happen, but I would say I can pitch better. I think I'm still scratching the surface here.'' Verlander had the most wins in the majors since Randy Johnson won 24 for Arizona in 2002. The right-hander found a groove after going 2-3 in his first seven starts and in the second half became the first pitcher to win 12 straight starts since Johan Santana did it for Minnesota in 2004. Players Choice Awards have been presented annually since 1992. Players honor their peers with 10 awards in six categories. Winners in all categories designate charities to receive grants totaling 260,000 from the MLB Players Trust. The other 2011 winners: Marvin Miller Man of the Year: Michael Young, RangersOutstanding Player: Curtis Granderson, Yankees (AL); Matt Kemp, Dodgers (NL)Outstanding Pitcher: Justin Verlander, Tigers (AL); Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (NL)Outstanding Rookie : Mark Trumbo, Angels (AL); Craig Kimbrel, Braves (NL)Comeback Player: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox (AL); Lance Berkman, Cardinals (NL)
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