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Justin Verlander deservedly the AL MVP

Tigers righty becomes 10th pitcher in history to win Cy Young and MVP in same season

Originally Published: November 21, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

A quick qualifier: I didn't have an American League Most Valuable Player vote this year. My ballot was for National League Manager of the Year, and I didn't have to stay up many nights anguishing before casting my ballot for Kirk Gibson ahead of Ron Roenicke, Charlie Manuel and Don Mattingly.

When ESPN.com recently asked for our hypothetical AL MVP votes, I picked Detroit's Justin Verlander despite my long-term bias toward position players over pitchers. Judging from Monday's BBWAA vote, ...

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