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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

GO RAYS

Go Verlander the best pitcher ever!!!!!

Ya he is!

ok yankies rock and the redsocks stink!

yeah! Go nats!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yay Im so with you !!!!!!

it is spelled YANKEES and RED SOX OH!!! GO NATS

Ellisbury so shoulda got it.

Actually, it's Ellsbury. Not ellisbury or ellesbury

yeah right! And it is ELLESBURY not ellisbury

Whatever

Agreed

Ellisbury so shoulda got it.

Verlander is not mvp

CC did really good

I think it should be
AL MVP:Bautista
NL MVP:Kemp
Rookie of the year: Ivan Nova

I agree with NL MVP but none of the others
Ivan Nova didn't even play a full season
NL=Craig Kimbrell
AL=Mark Trumbo

go red sox

i know right

I'm not complaining, but go Yankees!

A-Rod LIED 2 US BOO A-ROD GO M's!!!

Yay yankees didnt win!!!

Yankees are really bad!!!!!!

redsox are way better

I Hate The Yankees!Go SF

wat up my name is taylor swift would u like to go out with me

YOU ARE CRAZY

u lyin mad hard

one of the yankees players should have one MVP

no way. That would be horrible.

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