I understand why people are upset. ‘A pitcher shouldn’t win the award oner a guy who busts his ass 150 plus games a year’, one guy says. Another responds, ‘that’s why they have the CY Young’. I, however, think the right choice was made. The MVP is supposed to go to the best player in the game. The description does not say best hitter or best fielder. It’s not Verlander’s fault that the the other five vote getters were so close in numbers that they couldn’t be separated. Verlander and his 24-5 record was why the Tigers were able to win the AL Central. Take away Verlander’s 25 wins from the 96 the Tigers had as a team. Simple math gives you 71 wins. Add 10 wins for a pitcher that replaces Verlander and it bumps you to 81. The Tigers would have still won the division, but by only one game, and down the stretch, that would have been interesting.
It’s safe to say that Jacoby Ellsbury would have been MVP if his Red Sox would have spent more time preparing for games then ordering dugout beers. But that’s what happens. Winning teams get the awards. Oh, and by the way, Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 14 this season against the MVP.