Justin Verlander became the first Tiger since Lou Whitaker in 1978 to win the AL Rookie of the Year. He’s the first pitcher since Mark Fidrych won it 30 years ago. That’s quite a long time with no top notch rookies. He did it by getting 26 of the 28 first place votes. It looks like one person didn’t vote for him at all while the other two first place votes went to Francisco Liriano and Nick Markakis (huh?). Jonathon Paplebon came in second place, but it was a distant second.
Verlander’s exploits shouldn’t be too surprising if you stop by here periodically. He won 17 games with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. For a guy who throws 100 mph, I would have expected more then 124 strikeouts, but he kept his walks down (60) and I think the strikeouts will come with time. He also had that huge start against the Yankees in the ALDS even though the rest of his post season was subpar. Congratulations to Justin Verlander.