One first-place vote, that's how close it was.

One more first-place vote for Justin Verlander, and the Tigers ace today would be continuing the celebration of winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award.

But it didn't happen, and there are several votes one could point to for Rays lefty David Price's victory.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney got a first-place vote, for instance, but zero second-place votes from the 28 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Those in Metro Detroit, though, are more interested in how their local writers voted. And in that case, one, The Detroit News' Lynn Henning, voted for Verlander. But the other, Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, after long deliberation, decided to go with Price.

And for that, he caught flak on Twitter after the announcement Wednesday night.

Morosi understands that, but wants fans to know he didn't make his decision lightly. In fact, he cast his vote only after gauging the opinions of those who know the game best, the players and coaches.

In the end, for Morosi, it came down to this: Price's performance was a tick more impressive than Verlander's because he did it in the American League East, where the opposing offenses are superior and the ballparks are, on a whole, hitter-friendly.

"This was a very, very tough decision," Morosi told me Wednesday night, while making a lengthy, spirited and convincing case for his final vote. "There's just something different about that division."

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