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Leyland clarifies MVP comments

Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:13 pm
Justin VerlanderBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Friday Tigers manager Jim Leyland told a radio station that he didn't think a pitcher should win MVP -- on Saturday he clarified that statement, saying he supported his pitcher, Justin Verlander, winning the MVP but he philosophically didn't believe a pitcher should win the award.

"I will support Justin Verlander for the MVP to the hilt," Leyland told reporters ( "I want to make that perfectly clear. The question that was asked of me was if I thought a pitcher should be the MVP. And my answer to that is no. But under the way the system is, I certainly will support Verlander to the hilt."

In today's black and white world, someone is always going to yell about another person's opinion and how they're stupid and all that. Instead, I'll just disagree. I disagree with Leyland that a pitcher shouldn't be eligible for the MVP, but I don't begrudge him his opinion -- Leyland has more baseball knowledge in one of his discarded cigarette butts than I'll ever have, I just disagree. So too does our own Evan Brunell, who wrote about this earlier this week and made a pretty good case for including a pitcher in MVP voting. Last year I had an MVP vote and had two starting pitchers in my top 10, but neither in the top five.

However, for a pitcher to win the MVP, he'd have to have a truly special season -- and Verlander may just be on that road -- even if my vote (if I had one, which I do not) right now would go to Jose Bautista.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:24 am

Leyland clarifies MVP comments

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Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:59 am

Leyland clarifies MVP comments

I think they should have clarified it a long time ago with the voters.  If the MVP is for position players and the Cy Young is for pitchers than fine.  But if not than clarify what they are voting on.  Stats aside who is the MOST valuable player to thier team, and the team must be in the playoff race.  OR just leave it, controversy has us talking about it which is probably the most important thing of all to them.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 7:32 pm

Leyland clarifies MVP comments

Actually I think New Yorks sports writers are a joke !!! LOL

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:46 pm

Leyland clarifies MVP comments

As far as I'm concerned, the Cy Young award is for pitchers, and the MVP is for position players. If they want to add a "Cy Young -like" award for position players, and then vote between the 2 players for MVP, I'm fine with that too.

But these awards are all messed up anyway. Do the voters for these awards actually know what their supposed to be voting for?? Most Valuable Player - should be most valuable to their team, shouldn't it?? Everytime I flip on the T.V. or read an article, people are comparing batting average, HR's & RBI's as standards of comparison for MVP. As it seems with most all MVP type awards, this seems to be an award given to the best player on a good team most of the time.

IMHO, I think the Cy Young award is perfect for pitchers, and holds a very significant value for them. But I have a hard time considering a player for MVP who only participates in roughly 20% of the teams games (every 5th start).
Not that anyone will listen to any of us anyway!! LOL!!

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:56 pm

Leyland clarifies MVP comments

Pitchers should be eligible in my opinion, but yes, it should only be if they have had a historic season like Pedro Martinez had in 1999. Probably the greatest pitching performance I have ever seen in my life, especially given the fact that it was in the steroid-era. If I recall, one of the reasons that he did not win was because of the New York sports writers (shocking!), yet another reason why all major awards voting is just a joke.

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