This year Justin Verlander could be the first pitcher named MVP since Dennis Eckersley won the AL award in 1992. That would be no small feat, considering that in the 36 MVP races after Eck a hurler has even finished in the top five in voting only six times. Here are four starters in that span who, based on the player value metric WAR (Wins Above Replacement), deserved to be MVP—or at least a bigger part of the discussion.
Blue Jays, 1997
AL MVP: KEN GRIFFEY JR.