2011 AL MVP Award

Justin Verlander

It’s been a long time since a starting pitcher had won the American League MVP Award, 1986 to be exact. But that changed on Monday when the Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BBWAA) released their 2011 AL MVP voting totals.

After winning the 2011 AL Cy Young Award last Tuesday, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has pulled off the rare double-double of winning the AL Cy Young and now the AL MVP. The last pitcher to win both awards was Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez in 1984.

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 34 starts. He struck out 250 in 251 innings and had four complete games including two shutouts. Verlander made two starts against the Boston Red Sox and was 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP).

Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury finished second in the balloting and was followed by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson and Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera.

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez finished seventh in the balloting while Dustin Pedroia finished ninth.

Next up in the BBWAA awards will be the final award of the season which will be the NL MVP tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

The 2011 AL & NL Rookie of the Year Awards were presented last  Monday, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award last Tuesday, the 2011 AL & NL Manager of the Year Awards last Wednesday and the 2011 NL Cy Young Award last Thursday.

For a full look at the 2011 AL MVP Award voting totals, click on the read more button below if you’re on the home page.

2011 American League Most Valuable Player voting totals
Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Justin Verlander Tigers 13 3 3 4 1 2 - 1 - - 280
Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 4 13 4 1 4 1 - - - 1 242
Jose Bautista Blue Jays 5 7 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 - 231
Curtis Granderson Yankees 3 4 4 8 6 1 2 - - - 215
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2 - 9 5 5 2 4 - 1 - 193
Robinson Cano Yankees - - 2 2 3 6 4 5 1 1 112
Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox - - 1 1 2 6 8 3 3 1 105
Michael Young Rangers 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 7 4 2 96
Dustin Pedroia Red Sox - - - - - 4 1 4 6 - 48
Evan Longoria Rays - - - 2 - - 1 2 - 3 27
Ian Kinsler Rangers - - - - 1 2 1 1 1 - 25
Alex Avila Tigers - - - - - - 1 1 2 2 13
Paul Konerko White Sox - - - - - - - - 5 1 11
CC Sabathia Yankees - - - - - 2 - - - - 10
Adrian Beltre Rangers - - - - - - - 2 1 1 9
Ben Zobrist Rays - - - - 1 - - - - 1 7
Victor Martinez Tigers - - - - - - - 1 1 2 7
James Shields Rays - - - - - - - - 1 5 7
Mark Teixeira Yankees - - - - - - 1 - - 1 5
Asdrubal Cabrera Indians - - - - - - - - 1 2 4
Alex Gordon Royals - - - - - - - - - 3 3
Josh Hamilton Rangers - - - - - - - - - 1 1
David Robertson Yankees - - - - - - - - - 1 1

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