They've not won anything yet, but two Tigers took a big step in that direction Wednesday.

Despite an objection.

Miguel Cabrera is one of five finalists for American League MVP and Justin Verlander is one of three for the AL Cy Young.

But it was to Verlander's status the objection was raised.

There's a new step involved in winning one of major awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

You have to be a finalist.

In an announcement on MLB Network, Cabrera and Verlander were named finalists.

But Harold Reynolds, one of the show's hosts, believed Rays closer Fernando Rodney (48 saves, 0.60 ERA) deserved to be a finalist instead of Verlander.

"Sorry, Justin," Reynolds said.