Last month, the Baseball Writers' Association of America awarded Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander the AL Cy Young award. Just three days later, he was named the 2011 AL MVP, marking the first time since 1986 that a pitcher has received the prestigious award.
This prompted the age-old debate over whether or not pitchers should be able to win the Most Valuable Player award. Many point to the fact that pitchers, unlike positional players, only play every four to five days for the respective clubs, and how that alone makes them ineligible to win the coveted award.
Regardless of the beliefs of many baseball traditionalists, the fact remains that pitchers are very much deemed suitable to win MVP. With that in mind, here are 10 pitchers who could win both Cy Young and MVP next season.