Justin Verlander 2011 AL MVP: 7 Cy Young Winners Who Could Have Won the MVP

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Justin Verlander 2011 AL MVP: 7 Cy Young Winners Who Could Have Won the MVP
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Now, before we launch into this bad boy, I have to make a very important distinction between the words could and should.  I'm not saying the any of following players should have won the MVP, but considering Justin Verlander's stats and that fact that he, himself, just won the AL MVP, the comparison is being made.  

In most cases, the player who went on to win his respective league's MVP Award deserved the distinction; this is merely a hypothetical look at pitchers who could have won it given the standard now seemingly set by Verlander as only the fifth pitcher to be named MVP in either league since 1971.

Another important note: I am not a "Baseball Guy." For my rant on "Baseball Guys", I redirect you here.

That being said, I focused primarily on pitchers from 1990 to present day.  

Now, as always, submitted for your disapproval, the seven Cy Young winners who could have won the MVP.

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