Dennis Eckersley (1992, A's) was the last pitcher to win the AL MVP award. The last NL pitcher to do so was Bob Gibson (1968, Cardinals).
awarded his first-place vote to Michael Young of the Rangers. (Grant says he will explain later this afternoon. $5 says "You had to see him play every day" is part of it.)
Young - who had the 4th best-OPS on his own team - also received one vote for second and one vote for third.
Jim Ingraham of the News-Herald (Ohio) left Verlander off his ballot, saying he does not believe (contrary to BBWAA rules) pitchers should be eligible for the MVP. ... Ellsbury received a 10th place vote, but it wasn't from Grant. (Anyone wanna bet on George A. King III?)
And as of 2:08 PM, MLB's main page has no news! At 2:12, this was the Verlander story, from the main page link:
Another ballot, from SB Nation:
David Fung (Beyond The box Score): Another Graphic Look at Redefining Most Valuable ("I have Jose Bautista taking this one easily."
Baseball Bloggers Alliance, AL Player of the Year
1st Place Points Jose Bautista 11 225 Jacoby Ellsbury 5 200 Miguel Cabrera 3 183 Curtis Granderson 1 135 Justin Verlander 2 126 Adrian Gonzalez 109 Dustin Pedroia 68 Robinson Cano 55 Ian Kinsler 35 Michael Young 28My BBA Ballot
1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
4. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
5. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
6. Justin Verlander, Tigers
7. Alex Avila, Tigers
8. David Ortiz, Red Sox
9. Alex Gordon, Royals
10. Paul Konerko, White Sox
As I said last night, ESPN's Jeremy Lundblad makes a strong case for Jacoby Ellsbury.
Lundblad uses WAR (wins above replacement) to make his case. And by that measure, Ellsbury's season was the best in MLB since 2007. According to Fangraphs, Ellsbury accounted for 9.4 wins more than a replacement level player would have provided. Bautista (8.3), Dustin Pedroia (8.0), Ian Kinsler (7.7), and Miguel Cabrera (7.3) round out the Top 5. (Curtis Granderson and Justin Verlander tied for seventh place, with 7.0.)
FanGraphs WAR (pitchers not included in this chart)
Baseball Reference also uses WAR, but they compute it differently. B-Ref has Bautista and Verlander tied for first place (8.5), followed by Ellsbury (7.2), Cabrera (7.1), Adrian Gonzalez (6.9), and Pedroia and CC Sabathia (6.8). (Granderson did not make the Top 10, and had an Offensive WAR of 5.4)
WAR FG + BR = Add Bautista 8.3 8.5 16.8 Ellsbury 9.4 7.2 16.6 Verlander 7.0 8.5 15.5 Cabrera 7.3 7.1 14.4Jeff Zimmerman, FanGraphs:
You can set your watch to it: Every year after the MVP awards are announced, people complain about who got — or didn't get — votes. We SABR nerds at Fangraphs are no different. But, of course, we look at things a little differently. With that in mind, here are some SABR-darlings who haven't gotten a single MVP vote in five years — and why that might not change this year.