Verlander named Sporting News Player of the Year

Strike one blow in the Pitcher for MVP debate for Justin Verlander. And impressively, it came from his fellow Major League players.

The crowning honor of the season-ending awards from the Sporting News, the Player of the Year award, went to Verlander, the magazine announced Friday morning. Verlander is the first pitcher to win the honor since Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Voting took place among 289 Major League players, and the vote was very divided. Verlander received 67 votes, just 10 more than former teammate Curtis Granderson, with Matt Kemp close behind at 41. Jose Bautista and Ryan Braun received 25 votes apiece.


You can’t overemphasize what an honor this particular award is. To be selected by one’s peers is as good as it gets. That one would go front and center in my trophy collection. Big congratulations, Justin.

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