Verlander strikes out Ellsbury, Bautista, Granderson; becomes AL MVP -- MLB News

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‘A pitcher can be the owner of the Most Valuable Player Award’, Justin Verlander, starting pitcher for Detroit Tigers said it, and after just 2 or 3 days he becomes the proud recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award (AL) MVP for year 2011. All the hustle and bustle, the ultimate craze, the high degree of excitement and especially the anti-pitcher analysis came to an end on November 22, when the results of the balloting for the prestigious award were launched in the media.

Justin Verlander, has proudly added another accolade in his trophy cupboard and is the starting pitcher who has received this award after long 25 years. Boston Red Sox’s legendary starting pitcher Roger Clemens received the Kenesaw Gold in 1986 whereas after that a pitcher did secure the MVP i.e. Dennis Eckersley, who became MVP in 1992, but he wasn’t the starting pitcher.

With yearly stats that were almost compared and equivalent to Clemens MVP performance in 1986, Verlander pitched 251 innings in 34 games. He started all the 34 games and faced a total of 969 sluggers. Out of these close to 1000 hitters Justin authoritatively struck out 250 hence posting a brilliant strike out ratio of 4.39. With a winning percentage of .828, Detroit’s’ ace won 25 games and lost just 5.

Virginia born Detroit patriot has helped his league accomplish much more as compared to other leagues. It was his performance that brought the Tigers up to the top in the AL Central Division with win-loss of 95-67. Verlander, in his 7-year affiliation with the league won several awards and added too much vital victories in their locker room.

Justin, the 2 time no-hitter, is also the proud owner of American League’s Pitching Crown Award, Pitcher of the year award and last but not the least, Cy Young award. Apart from all these awards, won in year 2011, he has also secured Sporting news’ Pitcher and Player of the year award.

The 4-time All-star pitcher not only leads his league but also the whole of Major League Baseball with an ERA of 2.40, WHIP of .92 along with topping the win and strike out counts. The young iconic player who if continues to perform well will definitely become the future hall of famer starting twirler, secured a total of 280 points which constituted 13 out of a total 28 first place votes and 3, 3, 4, 1, 2, and 1 second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth place votes.

Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) electors admitted that they did face a lot of difficulty in selecting the apropos owner of the award. In the balloting a total of 28 writers take part, 2 for each American League whereas the scoring methodology is, 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 i.e. a vote in the first place gives the recipient 14 points whereas from second place onwards nine points in descending order till one point for tenth place.

Justin Verlander is definitely contended with his performance as he is now on the list of legends that he idolizes such as Roger Clemens. After collecting both Cy Young and MVP award in the same season Verlander has become the 10th guy to achieve this milestone in the whole of MLB and 7th when it comes to AL. The right handed ultimate thrower has become the 9th Detroit to win this award whereas the 11th pitcher in American League to receive the prestigious accolade.

Superseding hefty names like Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson and others wasn’t an easy job for the big gun. But he has done it and struck out all the big sluggers this time to win the MVP award of 2011. The Most Valued Pitcher is the second only guy in the history of BBWAA awards to win all three annual player awards. The detail of points secured by other contenders is as follows:-

Player

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Points

Justin Verlander

Tigers

13

3

3

4

1

2

 

1

 

 

280

Jacoby Ellsbury

Red Sox

4

13

4

1

4

1

 

 

 

1

242

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays

5

7

4

4

4

1

1

1

1

 

231

Curtis Granderson

Yankees

3

4

4

8

6

1

2

 

 

 

215

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

2

 

9

5

5

2

4

 

1

 

193

Robinson Cano

Yankees

 

 

2

2

3

6

4

5

1

1

112

Adrian Gonzalez

Red Sox

 

 

1

1

2

6

8

3

3

1

105

Michael Young

Rangers

1

1

1

1

1

1

4

7

4

2

96

Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

4

6

 

48

Evan Longoria

Rays

 

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

 

3

27

Ian Kinsler

Rangers

 

 

 

 

1

2

1

1

1

 

25

Alex Avila

Tigers

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

2

13

Paul Konerko

White Sox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

1

11

CC Sabathia

Yankees

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

10

Adrian Beltre

Rangers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

9

Ben Zobrist

Rays

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

7

Victor Martinez

Tigers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

7

James Shields

Rays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

5

7

Mark Teixeira

Yankees

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

5

Asdrubal Cabrera

Indians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

4

Alex Gordon

Royals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

Josh Hamilton

Rangers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

David Robertson

Yankees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

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