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Old 11-21-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default Justin Verlander wins MVP!!! and Cy Young.

Thank goodness, he definitely deserves it, guaranteed win everytime he started. Im shocked it didnt go to a yankee or red sox.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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Thank goodness, he definitely deserves it, guaranteed win everytime he started. Im shocked it didnt go to a yankee or red sox.
Agreed. He's the most dominant pitcher right now, and the MVP proves he's as good as advertised.

Great year for JV, and great year for the Tigers.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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To get both awards when you play only 20% of the games is pretty telling. He dominated this season. Congrats to him.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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To get both awards when you play only 20% of the games is pretty telling. He dominated this season. Congrats to him.
Very true...however, I forget where I read it, but someone was saying that starting pitchers actually have more affect over the course of the season, given they face more plate appearances than most offensive players get.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:08 PM   #5
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Can't say I'm in favor of a starting pitcher winning MVP, but if one has to, he clearly deserved it.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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Very true...however, I forget where I read it, but someone was saying that starting pitchers actually have more affect over the course of the season, given they face more plate appearances than most offensive players get.
Kind of an odd argument, unless they're talking strictly DHs. "Offensive" players technically are out there for every play that a pitcher is out there for (as well as all the ones they're not out there for) and can have a significant effect over an opponent's at bat.
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Very true...however, I forget where I read it, but someone was saying that starting pitchers actually have more affect over the course of the season, given they face more plate appearances than most offensive players get.
This is a good point, however players play defense for nearly every PA throughout the season. That's a factor you're not considering, or whoever you heard that from isn't.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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wow, shocked that the conservative baseball gurus did this.

Congrats JV
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:27 PM   #9
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This is a good point, however players play defense for nearly every PA throughout the season. That's a factor you're not considering, or whoever you heard that from isn't.
Yeah, but even if you add the amount of touches, most don't even come close to the amount that starting pitchers get. Like Willie said, it's an odd argument, but kind of the same line of thinking that gets QBs consideration for awards, not to mention high draft picks, etc. They're touching the ball every play, and have a direct effect on every pitch, not to mention plate appearance.

I'm not advocating starting pitchers being considered MORE than position players, just equal consideration.

If you watched him this year, JV deserved the award over anyone, regardless of position.
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If touches are that important to their argument, then I'd like to know how they rank catchers. I'd argue that catchers have waaaaaay more influence over a game than the starting pitcher. And they're out there hitting and fielding every game or close to it.
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If touches are that important to their argument, then I'd like to know how they rank catchers. I'd argue that catchers have waaaaaay more influence over a game than the starting pitcher. And they're out there hitting and fielding every game or close to it.
Right. You also don't need touches to influence the game as a defender.
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All I know is Justin Verlander deserved it. Like someone else said I too am shocked the conservative voters chose him.
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So just out of curiosity, are you two arguing against pitchers being considered for the award? Do you feel someone other than Verlander should have won?
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #14
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So just out of curiosity, are you two arguing against pitchers being considered for the award?
I am. I just can't see voting for a guy who was a big part in 24 of their victories, but had absolutely no part in over 70 of their victories.

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Old 11-21-2011, 02:38 PM   #15
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I am. I just can't see voting for a guy who was a big part in 24 of their victories, but had absolutely no part in over 70 of their victories.

Ellsbury would've gotten my vote.
Regardless of his role, Verlander had a strong case for the MVP honor.

He tied Jose Bautista for best WAR (8.5) in the AL.

Ellsbury was deserving as well, but he probably got robbed of some higher votes when the Red Sox failed to make the postseason. Plus, he had to compete with teammates Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez for votes.

Among the position players, there were too many candidates (Miguel Cabrera, Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young), but not really one guy that everybody could agree on was the "hands down", best player. Another reason why Verlander won.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:47 PM   #16
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Someone wake me when they hand out awards for men's tennis and/or women's basketball.
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If someone is going to complain about a pitcher winning the MVP, bring up Willie Hernandez (1984) or Dennis Ecklersley (1992). Those were questionable selections. Not Clemens (1986) or Verlander (2011).
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Props to Justin Verlander.

I think I probably watched every one of his starts this year and he absolutely dominated.

He picked the Tigers up and got them on track all year.

Watching him take the ball every 5th day this year was a real treat as a fan.

Without JV, the Tigers would have been a .500 team.

I think pitchers should be able to win the MVP in rare cases where they completely dominate....and JV did that this year.
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So do you guys think Cy Kershaw should win the NL MVP over Kemp?
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:23 PM   #20
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So do you guys think Cy Kershaw should win the NL MVP over Kemp?
No, Kemp is clearly the best player in the National League. Ryan Braun, because he played for a contender, is the only one I can see taking the MVP from Kemp.

Verlander was head and shoulders above the next closest pitcher in the A.L.

Despite the pitching Triple Crown (Wins, ERA, K), Kershaw wasn't the consensus best pitcher in the Senior Circuit. One could make the argument that Roy Halladay was the better pitcher in 2011.
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No, Kemp is clearly the best player in the National League. Ryan Braun, because he played for a contender, is the only one I can see taking the MVP from Kemp.

Verlander was head and shoulders above the next closest pitcher in the A.L.

Despite the pitching Triple Crown (Wins, ERA, K), Kershaw wasn't the consensus best pitcher in the Senior Circuit. One could make the argument that Roy Halladay was the better pitcher in 2011.
I would like to see an arguement that has Halladay was a better pitcher. As you said he won the pitching Triple Crown on a team that was 3 games over .500. Halladay was a pitcher on a team that was 42 games over .500.

Kershaw was 12-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 18 starts this season against teams that finished the year with winning records. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the only other pitcher with more than eight such wins this season was Ian Kennedy (9-2, 2.97 ERA in 14 starts). That is all you need to know about how good Kershaw was this year.

I think Kemp will win just thought I would see what others thought about Kershaw. He had Verlander had pretty close years in terms of numbers.
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I would like to see an arguement that has Halladay was a better pitcher. As you said he won the pitching Triple Crown on a team that was 3 games over .500. Halladay was a pitcher on a team that was 42 games over .500.

Kershaw was 12-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 18 starts this season against teams that finished the year with winning records. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the only other pitcher with more than eight such wins this season was Ian Kennedy (9-2, 2.97 ERA in 14 starts). That is all you need to know about how good Kershaw was this year.

I think Kemp will win just thought I would see what others thought about Kershaw. He had Verlander had pretty close years in terms of numbers.
The Halladay supporters are mostly stat geek types that point to him having fewer BB and HR allowed than Kershaw. Halladay also pitched at a less friendly home park than Kershaw.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/1...ne-nonetheless

I still would have voted for Kershaw.
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So just out of curiosity, are you two arguing against pitchers being considered for the award? Do you feel someone other than Verlander should have won?
Not necessarily in the case, as there was no dominant hitter on a winning team (though I think his win total works unfairly in his favor...); but in other years, I'm not sure Verlander wins. Consider that Pedro Martinez never won an MVP award despite dominating during the steroid era--Pedro put up numbers that Verlander doesn't really touch in a tougher context. Look at those numbers from 1997 to 2003. http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...artipe02.shtml
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Verlander was head and shoulders above the next closest pitcher in the A.L.


Did his team win more games for him? Yes....But I would hardly call it head and shoulders better than Weaver's year.

ERA, WHIP, CG, SO, BAA are pretty much interchangeable.

Tigers hit .277 and scored 787 runs. Angels hit .253 and scored 667...There's your difference.
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Not necessarily in the case, as there was no dominant hitter on a winning team (though I think his win total works unfairly in his favor...); but in other years, I'm not sure Verlander wins. Consider that Pedro Martinez never won an MVP award despite dominating during the steroid era--Pedro put up numbers that Verlander doesn't really touch in a tougher context. Look at those numbers from 1997 to 2003. http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...artipe02.shtml
To be fair, you're comparing years 5-11 with Verlander's 1-6. All signs are pointing to his improvement in the future, so there's no telling how they'll compare over the same part of their careers. Yours is a good argument, but not yet a fair argument.
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