This ended months of debate on whether a pitcher should, or could, win an MVP award. Apparently the voters thought so.
There were other worthy candidates for the award. Jacoby Ellsbury had one of the best years in his careers. Curtis Granderson put up MVP-type numbers. Jose Bautista did everything he could to keep the Toronto Blue Jays relevant.
However, in the end, Justin Verlander was able to come away with the award.
We'll be looking at the reasons why he was the right choice as well as why the other candidates didn't win.