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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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Manuel out as Phillies manager

Charlie Manuel is the winningest manager in Phillies history, but the 2013 version of the team is a ways removed from the one that broke Philadelphia's 28-year championship drought in 2008. The Phillies fired Manuel on Friday, replacing him with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. It's tough to justify keeping a manager whose team is more than 20 games out of first place in the NL East, but is Manuel really to blame for the Phillies' woes?

Do you agree with the Phillies' decision to fire Charlie Manuel?

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  • Whom do you blame the most for the Phillies' struggles this season?

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  • Ryne Sandberg was named the new Phillies manager. What kind of manager will Sandberg be?

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  • Will Charlie Manuel ever manage in the majors again?

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  • When will the Phillies next make the playoffs?

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A year ago, the Montreal Canadiens reigned over all in the Uni Watch Power Rankings. This time around? The St. Louis Cardinals are on top. Do you agree? Click on the logos below to set your top 25!

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Cardinals

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No. 1 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

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Phillies

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Papelbon calls out reeling Phillies

Just two years removed from the National League Championship Series and three from their second straight World Series trip, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves 49-56 and on the list of deadline sellers. Think this sits well with outspoken closer Jonathan Papelbon? You guessed it: No. "I definitely didn't come here for this," he said. It's safe to say Phillies fans feel similarly.

Should the Phillies trade Cliff Lee if they get a reasonable offer?

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  • Which of these struggling big-market franchises is in the worst shape?

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  • Do you have a problem with Jonathan Papelbon speaking out angrily ("I didn't come here for this") on the Phillies' struggles?

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  • When will the Phillies next make the playoffs?

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  • Which of these Philadelphia teams will make the playoffs first?

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The Phillies seemed to be letting their age finally catch up with them, but a 7-3 record in their last 10 games might be giving fans pause. Cliff Lee capped off their excellent run Wednesday with a three-hit shutout, and though it was agains the hapless Marlins, SweetSpot's David Schoenfield is seeing reasons for Philadelphia to be buyers at the trade deadline. They're just below .500, but even a single cold streak from one of the teams ahead of them could make them contenders for a wild-card spot -- or, wonder of wonders, the top spot in the fragile National League East.

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Playoff contenders?

Despite a weak offense and a near-unfathomable 1-7 start from Cole Hamels, the Phillies have managed to keep treading water. If their bats wake up, they could be quite dangerous.

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