New York Yankees: Granderson, Cano, CC, Tex, Houdini All On MVP List New York Yankees: Granderson, Cano, CC, Tex, Houdini All On MVP List New York Yankees: Granderson, Cano, CC, Tex, Houdini All On MVP List
 

New York Yankees: Granderson, Cano, CC, Tex, Houdini All On MVP List

Justin Verlander

2011 MVP Winner..Justin Verlander Image via Wikipedia

Much to my dismay (click HERE to read why) , I obviously still extend my sincerest of CONGRATULATIONS to Detroit Tiger ace, and

recent CY Young receipt Justin Verlander for being named the 2011 Most-Valuable-Player.

There was no question that Verlander was the best pitcher across baseball this past season. Verlander finished the regular season 24-5 in 34 starts. He also boosted a 2.40 ERA, had four complete games and two shutouts during the 251 innings he pitched. Verlander gave up 67 earned runs, 24 home-runs, and 57 walks but managed to strike out a whooping out 250 batters of the 969 he faced. That explains why Verlander held opposing hitters to a .192 average and 283 total bases.

Not since Oakland Athletics Dennis Eckersley was named 1992 MVP has baseball given its most coveted award to a pitcher. Eckersley was just the 23rd pitcher in baseball history to win the MVP; and now after a 19 year drought, Verlander becomes #24.

The New York Yankees were represented with five players making the MVP final voting list:

AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER VOTING TOTALS

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

(Voting results compliments of MLB.com)

Congratulations to all the MVP finalists, as your ceaseless efforts and continual hard work is utterly awe-inspiring.

2 Comments

  1. Richard Griffith says:

    "and 57 walks but managed to strike out a whooping out 250 batters of the 969 he faced".

    If you want to be viewed as a serious journalist, then please proof read what you write.

  2. Richard Griffith says:

    From a Yankee point of view I guess I can give David Robertson a nod because he was the best reliever in baseball (even Mo) in 2011. But seriously, Tex????. I'm having a hard time containing myself. Seriously???