Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander lost the American League Cy Young Award, and fiancée Kate Upton is not happy about that result.
Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox won the honor, which is bestowed upon the best pitcher in each Major League Baseball leage, despite receiving fewer first-place votes than Verlander. When the result was announced, Upton blasted the system and called out sportwriters, who vote for the award.
“I thought I was the only person allowed to f— Justin Verlander?!” Upton tweeted. “What [two] writers didn’t have him on their ballot? He had the majority of 1st place votes and [two] writers didn’t have him on their ballots?!! can you pick more out of touch people to vote? Sorry Rick but you didn’t get any 1st place votes? you didn’t win. #ByeFelicia @MLB keep up with the times and fire those writers.”
The awards are decided by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, not MLB, and Verlander lost by a slim margin: a total of five points. Contrary to Upton’s tweet, Porcello received eight first-place votes, while Verlander scored 14. However, Porcello notched 18 second-place votes. Two of the 30 voters did not vote for Verlander at all, as Upton noted. The 24-year-old also retweeted Verlander’s brother Ben, who shared stats comparing all the vote-getters.
Upton made headlines last September after she posted a controversial Instagram message criticizing NFL players who chose to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Kaepernick was protesting the treatment of people of color in the United States.)
“Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country,” Upton wrote at the time. “Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed.”
See Upton’s tweets below.