I'm glad Verlander won the AL MVP, simply because I feel it shows the voters weren't using history as a barometer. I hated the argument that Pedro didn't win in '99 even though his stats were better, therefore no pitcher should win. Pedro had stiffer competition that year. Pedro finished second to Pudge, who batted .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBI, not to mention a Gold Glove. No skill position player this year had a season like that.
If you feel someone other than Verlander should've won, that's fine. But all the talking heads brought up Pedro's '99 season and I just don't see how that's relevant. Compare Verlander to his competition today. Personally, I feel like it was the right choice.