There has not been an American League team that claimed the MVP Award in three consecutive seasons since those vaunted New York Yankees teams of the early 1960s.
Outfielder Roger Maris won it in both 1960 and 1961. Then outfielder Mickey Mantle won it in 1962, and catcher Elston Howard picked up the hardware in 1963.
However, the Tigers have a shot at winning the MVP Award for the third straight time, coming off pitcher Justin Verlander (2011) and third baseman Miguel Cabrera (2012) winning their awards.
Eight teams in major league history have won three consecutive MVP awards, and seven of them won at least one World Series in that stretch. So, who might give the Tigers another MVP award, and possibly their first World Series win since 1984?
The question was put to several Detroit players, and first baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Victor Martinez joined Cabrera and Verlander in the conversations.
"It's fun to talk about who it could be," Avila said. "Justin won i...