I hope that all of our readers had a wonderful New Year’s. Today’s article reveals my biggest three predictions on the 2014 MLB season.
OFFSEASON SPENDING:DOES IT WORK?
To kick things off, how about we talk spending? After all, it’s impossible to ignore all the attention that big-money contracts have garnered this offseason. Do “store-bought” teams work? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to figure out. Most recently, the Blue Jays and Marlins were complete busts, with Miami signing players to big money contracts, and Toronto getting those players a year later, which didn’t do any good for either team. The 2011 Phillies, on the other hand, turned out to be pretty good after getting Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt in the offseason. Before pitchers and catchers had reported, the media had already said the Phillie rotation had “four aces.” The Phillies ended up 102-60. The reason why I said their offseason was pretty good rather than amazing or flawless is because they ended up in better position in 2010. They picked up 97 wins and got into the NLCS in 2010. Let’s certainly not forget about the Red Sox’ epic collapse, either. Before 2011, Boston brought in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, only to see their team choke in September. (Crawford and Gonzalez are now both L. A. Dodgers) Think about that. Lastly, after the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008, they went on a big spending spree in the offseason (sound familiar), signing Mark Teixeira, C. C. Sabathia, A. J. Burnett and trading for Nick Swisher. We have only two success stories: the 2009 Yankees and 2011 Phillies. Remember, if a team looks good on paper, it’s not a slam dunk for them to get into October.
2014 ROOKIE CLASS
Like the last few years, this year’s rookie class is sure to impress. With names like Oscar Taveras, Nick Castellanos and Billy Hamilton, it’s going to be a tough decision for the voters. Additionally, Masahiro Tanaka is technically a rookie since 2014 will be his first year playing in MLB. This rookie class might fall short of 2012’s Harper-Darvish-Trout threesome, but by the end of 2014, you’ll become very familiar with all these names.
HALL OF FAME
The Hall of Fame inductions will be on January 8, 2014. This year’s ballot is sure to impress. Many are considering first-timer Tom Glavine a slam dunk. His former Atlanta teammate Greg Maddux and baseball powerhouse Frank Thomas are not far behind. I think that Glavine and Thomas will get in, with Maddux left out.
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