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Justin Verlander

November 22, 2011 by staff 

Justin Verlander, Justin Verlander predicts the debate is over for a few years. Pitchers can now win the Most Valuable Player.

“I think this set a precedent,” the Detroit Tigers ace said Monday after becoming the first starting pitcher in a quarter century voted MVP. “I’m happy that the voters acknowledged that, that we do have a major impact in this game and we can be extremely valuable to our team and its success.”

After winning the AL’s pitching triple crown by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, Verlander received 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He became the first pitcher voted MVP since Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and the first starting pitcher since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986.

“Obviously pitchers are not just written off all of a sudden because they’re pitchers,” Verlander said.

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