DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has pulled a rare double dip in the award voting as he has been named AL MVP Award Monday afternoon.
He’s the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win an MVP honor, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Verlander said he didn’t know what to expect when the final vote totals were announced.
“I had told myself that it wasn’t gonna happen. Because I got the phone call late I figured that someone else got the call,” he said. “About right the time I was saying that I got the phone call and it was just a weight off my shoulders and just pure elation, really.”
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