Justin Verlander 2011 AL MVP: 10 Reasons This Is a Horrible Choice by Writers

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Justin Verlander 2011 AL MVP: 10 Reasons This Is a Horrible Choice by Writers
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Justin Verlander won the 2011 AL MVP award Monday. No pitcher had won the award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992, though in the interim, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens had all laid very legitimate claims to the trophy.

Verlander is more like Eckersley. His selection, like Eckersley's nearly two decades ago, was demonstrably wrong. The Baseball Writers' Association of America, who vote on the award, blew it. There was no single player more deserving than Verlander; there were three.

Here are 10 reasons Verlander should not be holding the hardware today.

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