It’s that time of year again; major league baseball season is upon us, and some teams are starting off with a bang.
It seems like the Yankees always sign a big name player with big money each off-season. This year, they signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for $175 million.
The Yankees SS Derek Jeter announced that after this season he will retire, making the 2014 regular season Derek Jeter’s farewell season.
Can the defending champs, the Boston Red Sox, really repeat with Xander Bogaerts at short, Jackie Bradley, Jr., in center and a new set of razor blades in every locker?
Some big off-season moves in the American League included the Seattle Mariners signing Robinson Cano for $240 million and the Texas Rangers acquiring slugger Prince Fielder in a trade with the Tigers.
Some of the big off-season moves in the National League include: the St. Louis Cardinals signing Johnny Peralta to fill a glaring hole at shortstop, the Dodgers re-signing Juan Uribe, and the Diamondbacks acquiring Mark Trumbo.
The most intriguing MLB story lines heading into the regular season were definitely:
- The new expanded replay system where the managers now can challenge plays.
- There will be no more collisions at home plate allowed.
- The ongoing saga between the MLB and Alex Rodriguez, in which ARod has been suspended for the entire 2014 season for his role in the biogenesis scandal.
- Barry Bonds returns to baseball.
Heading into the 2014 MLB season, every team has its own set of expectations for how the year should play out. The Yankees, Rangers, Nationals, and Dodgers all look to improve off of average seasons.
If you are a Chicago Cubs fan, all you can do is pray for a miracle, because the Cubs have not won the World Series in 106 years, and it looks to be 107.
As of last night, the regular season has now kicked off, and it is shaping up to be yet another unpredictable baseball season.
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