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Back-to-back MVPs in same camp a rare feat


LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers achieved a little piece of history on Friday when Miguel Cabrera reported to camp with the full squad, including Justin Verlander. With that, Detroit had the last two American League Most Valuable Players in the same camp.

Not since the 1983 Brewers, who had Robin Yount and Rollie Fingers, had an AL team boasted that with two different players. The 1995 White Sox went to camp with Frank Thomas coming off back-to-back AL MVP honors.

The 2008 Phillies were the last National League team to do it with two different players, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins. The 2010 Cardinals had two-time reigning NL MVP Albert Pujols.

The feat begged the question what the Tigers could do to top that.

"With our team, my money might be on Prince [Fielder]," Alex Avila said.

Avila wasn't predicting anything, he cautioned. The way Fielder hits, though, Avila wanted to make the point that he's capable of earning MVP honors. He finished third in NL MVP voting in 2007 and 2011, and placed ninth in votes last year.

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