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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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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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  • How many impact players will be moved through post-deadline waiver trades?

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

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    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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    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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    Discuss (Total votes: 9,425)

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MLB bans eight for brawl

Major League Baseball has come to a decision -- handing out eight suspensions and 12 fines to players and coaches involved in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers brawl this week. Ian Kennedy, who caused the bench-clearing scuffle by hitting two batters, was given the harshest punishment of a 10-game suspension. Managers Don Mattingly (Dodgers) and Kirk Gibson (Diamondbacks) will each sit out one game. Were the suspensions fair?

  • What do you make of Ian Kennedy's 10-game suspension for his role in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers bawl?

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  • What do you make of Eric Hinske's five-game suspension for his role in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers bawl?

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      49%
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    Discuss (Total votes: 11,521)

  • Should managers Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson have been given more than a one-game suspension?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 11,069)

  • Should Zack Greinke have been punished?

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      49%
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    Discuss (Total votes: 11,435)

  • Which team was more at fault in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl?

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      69%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,711)

  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said the feud between his team and the Diamondbacks isn't over. Will the teams fight again at any point in their remaining 10 games this season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 35,595)

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl

Baseball fights are odd -- people rarely get hurt, very few punches actually connect and the whole thing generally lacks closure. The Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl was no exception, especially since it happened after three batters were hit, one of whom was hit in the nose. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has vowed that the feud between the two teams isn't over, and there are 10 more contests between the two this season. They'll have to work out their differences soon, as MLB plans on making them the first teams to play regular-season games in Australia next year.

  • Should Ian Kennedy be suspended for hitting Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 40,966)

  • Which team was more at fault in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 17,279)

  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said the feud between his team and the Diamondbacks isn't over. Will the teams fight again at any point in their remaining 10 games this season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 35,595)

  • What do you make of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opening the 2014 season with a two-game series in Australia?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 36,126)

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As fans of the comedy series "Portlandia'' know, the secret to merchandising is to slap a bird on it. And apparently, the same holds true for baseball uniforms.

After four rounds of voting, tigers, fish, elephants, snakes, astronauts, seafarers, gun-toting officers of the law, buccaneers, heavenly bodies, Native Americans, pinstriped Northeners and even two pairs of colored socks are all gone. Our Battle of the Uniforms will finish with the Battle of the Birds.

#UniBattle

The No. 1-seeded Cardinals, who have as iconic a St. Louis design as the Gateway Arch or a bottle of Bud, beat their longtime rival, the Chicago Cubs, in the final round of the National League voting, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of the American League bracket upset yet another higher-seeded team in the AL championship. By a margin of 3,103 votes, fans declared they prefer the orange and black Baltimore Orioles over the traditional uniform worn by everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. Or perhaps fans just hate the Yankees' pinstripes.

Whatever the reason, it's the Cardinals versus the Orioles for the title of baseball's best uniform. Bird watchers should get their binoculars out for this ornithological fight, though Toronto fans are probably wondering why their colorful Jay was found wanting.

This is serious business, so to make sure that everyone gets a chance to take a long, careful look at these two uniforms and judge the colors, logos, caps and overall style of both home and road uniforms, our polls will be open throughout the weekend. You can cast your vote up until noon ET Monday, when we will declare the winner.

So good luck Cardinals and Orioles. May the better uniform win. And remember voters, this isn't about who actually wears the uniforms but the uniforms themselves.

--Jim Caple

Note: Championship-round poll closes at noon ET Monday.

Mobile users: To vote, click here.

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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