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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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Baseball races reach the stretch run

With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?

  • Which team wins the second AL wild card?

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      21%
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  • Which manager would you rather have in the race for the AL's second wild card?

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      31%
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      17%
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      29%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,349)

  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      76%
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      24%

    Discuss (Total votes: 19,577)

  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      51%
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      41%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 53,719)

  • Which team will represent the NL in the World Series?

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      24%
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      35%
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      14%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,110)

  • Which team will represent the AL in the World Series?

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      16%
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      7%
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      41%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,935)

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MLB trade deadline passes quietly

The Boston Red Sox got Jake Peavy late Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles snagged Bud Norris, while the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres. And that was about it for a quiet deadline that saw few impact players move, despite several teams seemingly needing improvement. Of course, there's no guarantee a midseason acquisition will make a difference, while top prospects can change franchises -- or at least provide years worth of value.

Which of these teams will most regret not making a(nother) move at the trade deadline?

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    17%
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    23%
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    28%
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  • How many impact players will be moved through post-deadline waiver trades?

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      24%
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      44%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,655)

  • Which best reflects how you feel about the MLB trade deadline?

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      53%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,794)

  • Will the Orioles (59-48, 5 GB AL East, .5 G up for second wild-card spot) make the playoffs?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 22,353)

  • What do you make of Ian Kennedy's (3-8, 5.23 ERA) struggles this season?

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      38%
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      62%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,425)

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Chris Davis' power outage?

Chris Davis looked like he was on pace to challenge Roger Maris' old home run record, but that was before he participated in the Home Run Derby. Davis has gone 31 plate appearances without a home run, and since June 1 has only put up a .320 OBP. He was a major reason why the Orioles were in the hunt in the first half, but a Davis without power isn't going to help Baltimore hold on to a playoff spot. Meanwhile, teammate Manny Machado (.271/.293/.397 with 41 strikeouts since June 1) isn't picking up Davis' slack.

  • What do you make of Chris Davis' seven-game home run drought?

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      71%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,686)

  • The Home Run Derby participants have hit only six home runs combined since the contest. How much does being in the Home Run Derby negatively affect a player's performance in the second half?

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      28%
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      44%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,229)

  • Which struggling Orioles player should fans be more worried about?

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      67%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,739)

  • Will the Orioles (57-46, 4 games behind in AL East, 0.5 games ahead in wild-card standings) make the playoffs?

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      64%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,604)

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Where is the Rally Squirrel when you really need him?

The polls have closed, our Battle of the Uniforms is officially over and the No. 1-seeded St. Louis Cardinals wound up suffering their toughest defeat since at least the final three games of last season's National League Championship Series -- and perhaps as far back as the 1985 World Series. Cardinals fans can't blame this one on a bad call by Don Denkinger, either. The Baltimore Orioles decisively beat the Cardinals in the championship round -- also known as the Battle of the Birds -- receiving 59 percent of vote compared to 41 percent for the Cardinals.

#UniBattle

St. Louis fans must be getting really tired of losing to teams with orange-and-black uniforms.

The Cardinals weren't the only high seed to disappoint, though. All the most famous classic uniforms -- the Yankees' pinstripes, the Dodgers' blue, the Tigers' Old English D, the two Cardinals balanced on a bat -- fell short in the end, while the lesser-heralded Orioles go home the winners.

Which is not to say the Orioles are undeserving champions. Far from it.

Baltimore's uniform has some great style features, beginning with those wonderful orange and black colors (always an outstanding look) and extending to the great cartoon Oriole logo on the cap (much preferable to the ornithologically correct version). It's a classic uniform that looked great on Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer, and it still looks great on Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis.

On the other hand … can we talk about those home caps with the white-panel front?

This is a design style from the fashion-challenged late '70s and early '80s, and it still looks just as bad as it did then. Manager Buck Showalter famously griped about Ken Griffey Jr. wearing his cap backward in the '90s (those darn kids today!), but he could improve his team's look by loosening up and ordering all his players to wear their cap backward.

Apparently, though, our voters either like that cap style or love the rest of the uniform so much that they overlooked it. Despite being seeded 13th because of those caps, the Orioles beat higher-ranked uniforms in every round on their way to the championship.

Not even Jeffrey Maier could have slowed Baltimore's run.

And, hey, maybe the Orioles could wear their new crown instead of that cap. And if not, well, at least the rest of the uniform is outstanding.

So, congratulations, Baltimore fans. Our fashion police have declared your team the best-dressed in baseball. Here's hoping the Orioles are also baseball's best-dressed team come October and the postseason.

--Jim Caple

Battle of the Uniforms: Championship


(1) Cardinals vs. (13) Orioles

Audubon would have loved this championship.

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Which set of uniforms is best?

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    41%
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    59%

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Battle of the Uniforms seedings

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