The Detroit Tigers have come devastatingly close to winning a World Series three times in the last seven years, but they have come up empty in each bid.
The Tigers haven't won a World Championship since 1984. Despite being swept out of the World Series last season by the San Francisco Giants, with its recent acquisition of perennial Gold Glove Award winner Torii Hunter, Detroit will enter 2013 as the favorite to repeat as American League champs.
The Tigers signed Hunter to a two-year, $26 million contract on November 14, vastly improving the right-field position at Comerica Park and making Detroit a very dangerous team on both sides of the ball.
Hunter, who will be 38 years old next season, can do so many things on a baseball field. In the twilight of his career, without a championship, he knows his career is winding down and wants to win now.
Here are the four reasons why Hunter will help the Tigers repeat as AL champions in 2013.