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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Posted by: Tyler Kocak
Baseball is back! Here are some story lines to keep
an eye on this season, presented by our partners at GEICO. What other
story lines do you think are interesting to watch for in the 2014 MLB
season? Comment below to share your thoughts, as well as who you think
will win it all this year.
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Things to Know or the
2014 Major League Baseball Season
It’s been just about six months since the 2013 MLB season
concluded with the Boston Red Sox winning their franchise’s eighth World Series
title. A lot has changed since then, so just in case you haven’t been keeping
track of all things baseball during the offseason, here are a few things to
know when you’re talking baseball with your friends besides who is the
defending champion is (Remember, it’s the Red Sox! )
New Rules: To
help protect catchers, collisions at home plate may only occur if the base
runner’s path to home plate is blocked. Base runners will be called out if the
umpire feels the runner went out of his way to run into the catcher. Also,
catchers may not block the pathway to the plate if he doesn’t have the ball.
Also, this season, managers will be able to challenge
umpire’s calls. Managers start with one challenge; if they use it and are found
to be correct, they will get a second one. Some of the calls managers are
allowed to challenge include calls
on the bases, ground-rule doubles, fan interference, fair and foul calls and
trap and catch calls in the outfield only and hit-by-pitch calls (or
Familiar Faces, New Places: Teams were busy this offseason in free
agency. Perhaps the biggest signing was the Seattle Mariners agreeing to a
10-year, $240 million contract with former Yankees second baseman Robinson
Cano. He wasn’t the only Yankee lefty slugger to sign elsewhere; Curtis
Granderson fled the Bronx to play with the cross-town rival Mets. Prince
Fielder was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Texas Rangers for second
baseman Ian Kinsler, and the Washington Nationals bolstered their starting
rotation with a trade for the Tigers’ Doug Fister.
Derek Jeter Farewell Tour: New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
will be retiring at the end of the 2014 season.
Jeter, who has played for the Yankees his entire 17 year career, is a 13
time MLB All-Star, World Series MVP (2000), five time Silver Slugger and Gold
Glove winner, and 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, amongst many other awards or
Hall of Fame Inductees: After no one was selected into the
Baseball Hall of Fame last year, 2014 will see three players inducted.
Legendary pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas were voted
in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
A-Rod’s Out, Braun’s Back: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will
sit out the entire 2014 season for a suspension for violating the league’s
Performance Enhancing Drugs policy.
After serving a 65 game suspension for similar violations to finish the
2013 season, Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun will return to his team
All-Star Game: This season’s All-Star Game will be
hosted by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. This is the third
time the Twins have hosted the Midsummer Classic.