An interesting twist in the argument now is that Tigers manager Jim Leyland doesn't even believe his own candidate should win. On WXYT radio in Detroit, Leyland said the following (via Sports Radio Interviews):
“I have a different viewpoint than that. I think there should be a Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player. I don’t think a pitcher should be the Most Valuable Player. I’m not looking for arguments or controversy I just think when a guy goes out there 158 times or 155 times and has a big year, an MVP type year I don’t think the guy that goes out there 35 times should be named over that guy. To me right now if you really wanted to look at it who is our Most Valuable Player? Is it Verlander or at this point today under all circumstances is it Alex Avila? You can make a case for what this kid has gone through. I’m certainly not taking anything away from Verlander and I’m not trying to change the voting I just think there should be a Most Valuable Pitcher and a Most Valuable Player. I think that will eliminate the talk about a pitcher being MVP.”Now, let's remember: Leyland is an old-school guy. Also, these comments won't -- nor should they -- kill off the opinions of the supporters of Verlander-for-MVP. It's just interesting in that usually it seems like managers will argue for their guys. Obviously Leyland's not definitively arguing against Verlander's value to his ballclub, he just doesn't think pitchers should be able to win MVP and he's not alone.
Meanwhile, we still have more than four weeks left in the season.
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