In a somewhat shocking development, Detroit’s Justin Verlander has won the American League MVP award, becoming the first pitcher to win the award since Dennis Eckersly in 1992, and the first starting pitcher to win since Roger Clemens in 1986. I say it’s a bit of a shock because I expected Verlander to be a very polarizing figure, coming in first on a lot of ballots, but also being in the middle of a lot of other ballots, as I assumed some voters would simply blanch at a pitcher winning the MVP award. All the same, Verlander is a worthy choice, and though he wouldn’t have topped my ballot (I had him fourth on Sweetspot Network ballot, behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista, and Curtis Granderson, respectively), I’m glad that reactionary prejudice against pitchers didn’t carry the day.
As far as the Yankees go, Granderson finished 4th in the balloting, Robinson Cano came in a very undeserved 6th, while C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and David Robertsonall received some votes as well. The full balloting can be found here.