Justin Verlander Becomes Third Detroit Tigers Pitcher to Win AL MVP and Cy Young

Johnny LawrenceCorrespondent INovember 21, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 03:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Jim Leyland after leaving the game following the eighth inning of Game Three of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on October 3, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Today Justin Verlander became just the ninth pitcher in history—and third Detroit Tiger—to win both the American League Most Valuable Player Award and Cy Young in the same season.

"Obviously it's something that, you know, I want to say is a dream come true, but really the Cy Young was a dream come true. I couldn't even have dreamed of this."

Landing 280 total votes and 13 of 28 first-place tallies, Verlander beat out Jacoby Ellsbury (242), Jose Bautista (231), and Curtis Granderson (215). Ellsbury secured four first-place nods, while Bautista received five, and Granderson had three.

According to the MVP vote scoring system, first-place votes count for 10 points, second-place, nine points, third-place, eight points and etc. all the way down to 10th-place.

Cleveland writer Jack Ingraham left Verlander completely off his ballot, a likely protest to ensure a starting pitcher didn't win the award.

In 251 innings pitched, Verlander posted a 2.40 earned run average, won 24 games and struck out 240, also winning the AL Triple Crown for pitchers. Another stat that displayed his dominance, Verlander led the league with a 0.92 WHIP—walks, plus hits per inning pitched.

He was the first starting pitcher in the American League to win the award since Roger Clemens posted almost identical numbers in 1985.