Verlander is in Historic Company

…well, it’s more than that. Not even the best players in the game have done what he has before he’s even turned 30. Not Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. etc.

He is one of two pitchers in the history of the game to win a Rookie of the Year, a Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young Award. Don Newcombe is the other. The only awards the BBWAA votes on that he can receive is the Hall of Fame induction (of which Newcombe has yet to be voted in and most likely will never be). I really can’t embellish anymore on how special Verlander is. It’s pointless as you have to see him to get it. We as Detroit Tigers fans are lucky to be able to watch him pitch year in and year out. Hopefully, we will be able to see him finish his career here.

A.L. MVP Voting:

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Justin Verlander, Detroit 13 3 3 4 1 2 1 280
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston 4 13 4 1 4 1 1 242
Jose Bautista, Toronto 5 7 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 231
Curtis Granderson, NYY 3 4 4 8 6 1 2 215
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit 2 9 5 5 2 4 1 193
Robinson Cano, NYY 2 2 3 6 4 5 1 1 112
Adrian Gonzalez, Boston 1 1 2 6 8 3 3 1 105
Michael Young, Texas 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 7 4 2 96
Dustin Pedroia, Boston 4 1 4 6 48
Evan Longoria, Tampa 2 1 2 3 27
Ian Kinsler, Texas 1 2 1 1 1 25
Alex Avila, Detroit 1 1 2 2 13
Paul Konerko, Chicago W 5 1 11
CC Sabathia, NYY 2 10
Adrian Beltre, Texas 2 1 1 9
Ben Zobrist, Tampa 1 1 7
Victor Martinez, Detroit 1 1 2 7
James Shields, Tampa Bay 1 5 7
Mark Teixeira, NYY 1 1 5
Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland 1 2 4
Alex Gordon, Kansas City 3 3
Josh Hamilton, Texas 1 1
David Robertson, NYY 1 1

The A.L. MVP voting:

for reference, the A.L. Cy Young voting:

Pitcher, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers 28 196
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels 17 8 2 1 97
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays 5 9 8 3 66
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees 5 7 9 4 63
Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers 1 3 6 3 28
C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers 1 7 9
Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels 1 1 2 7
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 4 4
Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox 3 3
Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays 1 2
David Robertson, New York Yankees 1 1

Voting source: bbwaa.com

Stats source: baseball-reference.com

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