Kate Upton, Ben Verlander sound off on Cy Young voting after Justin Verlander finishes 2nd

The 2016 Cy Young Awards were announced Wednesday. In the National League, it was Nationals ace and former Tiger pitcher Max Scherzer. But the more surprising announcement was in the American League. Tigers ace Justin Verlander was edged out by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, another former Tiger. What made it surprising was how close the race was. Porcello eked out JV 137-132. What made it MORE surprising was how the voting was dolled out.

Sparking even more controversy around the Cy Young voting was the fact that two voters for the BBWAA left Verlander off their five-pitcher ballot completely.

The omission of Verlander on two ballots completely has already been described from ‘criminal’ to ‘juvenile’ and everything in between. In fact, a number of people have voiced their displeasure on social media regarding the final tally. Among those are Verlander’s fiancé Kate Upton, and Justin’s younger brother and a minor leaguer in the Tigers system, Ben Verlander.

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(Side note: One tweet by Upton features language that may be offensive to some and may be deemed NSFW)

The Twitter handle that the younger Verlander references is that of Bill Chastain, a Tamp-based sports writer for the Associated Press. He and Fred Goodall, another Tampa-based writer for MLB.com, are the two writers that left the elder Verlander off their Cy Young ballots completely.

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