Justin Verlander becomes the 10th pitcher to win the Cy Young and MVP in the same season

Does winning the MVP AND the Cy Young Award mean you will get into the Baseball Hall of Fame?   It may surprise you that less than half of those who accomplished that dual threat are in Cooperstown.

Of those the previous nine pitchers who landed both trophies in a season, only four are in.  This would be Sandy Koufax, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Bob Gibson.

A fifth, Roger Clemens, should have had his ticket punched in a few years, but with his adventures with Congress we doubt that will happen.

Three others, Vida Blue, Denny McLain and Don Newcombe had very good careers and are listed on our top one hundred of potential Baseball HOF inductees.

The last is Willie Hernandez who is largely forgotten, even in Detroit where he accomplished this feat.

Which list will Justin Verlander land?

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
>>Whic h list will Justin Verlander land?

The obvious answer is: Wait until his career is over. MVP is a sprint; HoF is a marathon.

Don't get me wrong: Verlander can be lights-out but can also be quite hittable at the wrong time--his postseason showing last year demonstrated that. (And I had the Tigers going to the Series--alon g with the Brewers.) As with any pitcher, as long as he keeps his walk rate and WHIP down, he'll be a terror with his stuff.

As for that other, bygone Tigers pitcher, Denny McLain, he had three outstanding seasons in a mass of mediocre ones--he was a below-league -average hurler for seven of his ten seasons.

Immortality can come in one season (McLain, Roger Maris), one game (Don Larsen)--eve n one at-bat (Kirk Gibson). But enshrinement comes only to a few.

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