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Verlander's MVP: Yay! The Voters Got it Right! 64


You might have heard that Tigers ace Justin Verlander was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first starting pitcher in 25 years to win MVP.

Now, many people think that only position players should win MVP. Of course, those people are wrong. Yes, the top pitcher gets the Cy Young Award. But the top hitter gets the Hank Aaron Award (Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista won it in the AL this year).

Those people might also argue: Hey, position players play 162 games. Starting pitchers only play 34 games! Well, that's true. But it's also misleading. A position player only comes to the plate four, maybe five times in a game. A starting pitcher faces about 25-35 batters over the course of a start. Position players can have a medium impact on some games, but even the best ones only make a minimal impact in most games. A starting pitcher is his team's most important player, by far, any time he takes the mound.

And anyway, Red Sox star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate 732 times this season, most in the major leagues. Verlander faced 969 hitters. Who had the bigger role?

Of course, Ellsbury was great this year. I think he and Verlander were neck-and-neck for MVP, and I would have had no complaints if Ellsbury won. But it's just good to see the voters recognize that the most important players on the field, the starting pitchers, are pretty darn valuable.

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64 Comments

yeah thats the way to roll go jvvvvvv

Justin Verlander is good

go verlander!

HAMMLES ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO PHILLS

ya he rocks! he's having a bad season though but who cares he WILL win a nother cy young

oooooooookay, mabee he will but ra dicky is getting it in the national leuge

I am a HUGE Verlander fan I agree with you all the way!!

ha ha even though i a hate him

GO DETROIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joe mauer should have got it.

Although i agree with JV getting the mvp i think that if you don't hit, you're not a complete baseball player. NL guys do it. Why cant the al?

jv is number #1

king felix is number 1

King Felix is #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justin Verlander had an awesome season!!!!!!!!!! HE IS MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hey

way to be dude

Way to go Justin!

verlander's awesome

GO TIGERS!!

JV is awesooome! go tigers!

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Ya he was the best

BEST PITCHER EVER?!?! YAH RIGHT!!! Tim lincicome is the best ever!!!!

yeah best ever not counting anybody good

Justin Verlander shouldn't have been MVP! Jose Bautista shouldv'e won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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