Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander has been unanimously named the American League Cy Young award winner, according to a tweet from the team’s official account. Verlander is the first Tigers pitcher to win the award since 1984, the team reports.
The 28-year-old claimed the pitching Triple Crown in the American League this year by leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40), and strikeouts (250). Verlander is also expected to receive votes for the Most Valuable Player award for his dominating performance in 2011.
The hard throwing right-hander has now led the league in wins and strikeouts twice in his career. 2011, however, marked the first time he had led it in ERA. His previous lowest ERA in a season was 3.37, which he posted last year.
This announcement marks Verlander’s first Cy Young award. The Detroit Tigers ace has two other top five finishes for the Cy Young previously and was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 2006.