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Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 8:29 a.m.

Verlander is unanimous Cy Young winner; is MVP award next?

By Staff


No surprise: Justin Verlander was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

Associated Press

Who else were they going to vote for?

Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander earned all 28 first-place votes for the American League Cy Young Award after his 24-victory season that including leading the league in earned run average at 2.40, strikeouts with 250 and inning pitched with 251.

It didn't take long for Verlander to be asked about his chances for the AL MVP award, which will be announced Monday.

“Do I think it’s possible? Yes,” Verlander said of winning the MVP Award, reported. “Would I like to win it? Of course. But if you had told me at the beginning of the year that I was going to be a shoo-in for the Cy Young, I would have been absolutely ecstatic and amazed. I never even could have thought about the MVP until it came into the picture.

“But you know what? I’ve got the Cy Young now. It’s an amazing experience. I feel great.”






Rod Johnson

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 3:32 p.m.

Verlander had an incredible season, comparable to the last pitcher who won the MVP, Clemens in 86, but it's hard to make a case for a pitcher over an everyday player for MVP. The thing that makes it interesting is that a lot of the other candidates (Granderson, Bautista, Ellsbury...) played for loser teams or teams the Tigs beat in the playoffs. His main competition might be Cabrera. Who would you rather have, Verlander or Cabrera?