I’m fine with the Verlander choice.
I personally would have voted for Jacoby Ellsbury, who was elite in just about every facet of the game this year. I think if Jonathan Papelbon could have thrown one more strike in Baltimore and if Scrubby McScrubbington could have thrown one more strike in Tampa Bay, then Ellsbury would be your MVP today.
Let’s face it, Verlander basically had a Clemens-On-Steroids year (to clarify: I’m not saying that Verlander was on steroids, I’m saying that he pitched like Roger Clemens did while Clemens was on the needle in Toronto), he won the Triple Crown, and his team won the division. This was all extremely impressive.
But, today’s announcement stings a bit. Not because Ellsbury was screwed, but because of the injustice that occurred back in 1999.