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:
|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|
|Adrian Gonzalez||Red Sox||1||1||2||6||8||3||3||1||105|
|Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||4||1||4||6||48|
|Paul Konerko||White Sox||5||1||11|
Congratulations to all the MVP finalists, as your ceaseless efforts and continual hard work is utterly awe-inspiring.
- New York Yankees: MVP To Granderson, Honorable Mention To Verlander (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Justin Verlander commits rare feat; Wins both Cy Young & AL MVP (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Verlander Wins AL MVP, 1st Starter In 25 Years (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Justin Verlander Named American League MVP (tracking.si.com)
- Hartnett: AL MVP Voters Get It Right, Choosing Justin Verlander (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Grandy, Cano place behind MVP Verlander (mlb.mlb.com)
- Justin Verlander: 2011 American League MVP… or at Least He Should Be (bleacherreport.com)
- Verlander Wins AL MVP (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Bats: Can Jose Bautista Sneak Away With the M.V.P.? (bats.blogs.nytimes.com)