The Major League Baseball MVP voting provided little to no drama on Thursday -- other than the Cubs' Kris Bryant falling short of being the unanimous pick in the NL -- but the AL Cy Young vote continues to be an attention-grabber.
First, it was Kate Upton angrily coming to the defense of her fiancé, Justin Verlander, after the Tigers right-hander was left off two writers' ballots -- possibly costing him the votes he would have needed to overtake the Red Sox's Rick Porcello and win the award. Among her safe-for-work tweets:
He had the majority of 1st place votes and 2 writers didn't have him on their ballots?!! can you pick more out of touch people to vote?@MLB— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) November 16, 2016
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Then, it was Verlander coming to Upton's defense after the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand wrote that "it's time for her and everybody else to pipe down." That led to this Twitter exchange between Verlander and Feinsand on Thursday evening:
@JustinVerlander I don't disagree with you. I turned my MVP ballot in the day after the season. But she didn't know that when she tweeted!— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 17, 2016
Her point was they were uninformed. That they turned in their ballot a week early only validated her point. https://t.co/X2ScjTRbqP— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 17, 2016
Also if you "don't disagree" where do you get off telling anyone to "pipe down"?!? https://t.co/X2ScjTRbqP— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 17, 2016
Baseball's awards season concluded Thursday, but the AL Cy Young controversy isn't going away any time soon.