Justin Verlander has had a remarkable season so far for the Detroit Tigers, a fact that no one within baseball circles has denied. He leads the AL in ERA, strikeouts, innings, WHIP, and most of all, wins. He's a virtual lock for the Cy Young award.
However, it's when you bring up the letters "MVP" that people get touchy. But not Verlander.
Verlander said that he would vote for himself if he could for MVP, but not in a "I'm so much more awesome than you" egotistical way. Well, here's how he explains it:
"If I get a vote, me," the Tigers ace told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Tuesday. "Who wouldn't (spent it on himself)? It's not like I would just vote for anybody. But, yeah, if pitchers are eligible, and they clearly are, I would say I'm worthy of it. I wouldn't say I should win it over others. I haven't really delved into those numbers. So if I had a vote, I'd have to do my homework, but I wouldn't discount my season."
It's kind of like a presidential candidate voting for himself. If you're a nominee, why would you waste your ballot on the other guy?