Tigers Verlander wins AL MVP Award

He just keeps adding hardware to his fireplace mantle, or wherever else he keeps his awards.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player today, after weeks of speculation that a starting pitcher could win the award.

Verlander had the type of season that you could have made a case for him. He led all AL starting pitchers in wins (24) strikeouts (250) and ERA (2.40).

In addition to the MVP award, Verlander won the Cy Young last week for the AL’s best pitcher. He also becomes the first starting pitcher to win the MVP since Roger Clemens did it in 1986.

Boston Red Sox center fielder finished 2nd in the voting. Toronto’s Jose Bautista, New York’s Curtis Granderson, and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera rounded out the Top 5.