The Fall Classic is here -- and two classic teams are squaring off. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants both shocked the world by reaching the World Series, and you can get 2014 World Series tickets at Ticket Liquidator. Don't miss out on your chance to witness history!
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Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Mets
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Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals
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Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Last season, the Boston Red Sox went from worst to first, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to capture the franchise's eighth World Series title. With the 2013-14 offseason officially over, all 30 teams in Major League Baseball have their sights set on one goal -- winning the World Series.
Superstars Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran and Robinson Cano all left their respective 2013 teams via free agency, changing the baseball landscape in 2014. Ellsbury and Beltran teamed up in the Bronx, signing contracts with the Yankees, while Cano left the Yankees to sign a 10-year deal with Seattle Mariners. Seattle's AL West rival made big splashes as well, as the Texas Rangers traded for first baseman Prince Fielder, and signed Choo to a seven-year contract. With Spring Training underway, the time is now to book your trips and buy your tickets to see your favorite team, and their new players, this season!
The Boston Red Sox enter the 2014 season as AL East favorites -- almost by default. After finishing in last place in the AL East in 2012, the Red Sox won 97 games in 2013, en route to the AL East crown, American League pennant, and World Series title. Repeating as AL East champions won't be easy for the Red Sox, as the other four teams in the division have very good rosters, and are aiming to dethrone the Sox as champs.
Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays finished in second place last season, winning a do-or-die Game 163 over the Texas Rangers to claim one of the American League's two Wild Card berths. Tampa Bay went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card round, before losing to the Red Sox in four games in the ALDS. Many throughout the baseball industry believed Tampa Bay would trade starting pitcher David Price, but the Rays opted to keep their lefty ace -- and are poised to make a run at the AL East title in 2014.
After missing the playoffs in 2013, the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles all made strides to get to the postseason in 2014. New York went on a spending spree, signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Beltran to contracts -- but lost Robinson Cano. Still, the four signings figure to be a net gain for the Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers will contend for a playoff spot in 2014 -- which just happens to be Derek Jeter's last season. The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and outfielder Nelson Cruz, solidifying the rotation, and giving the lineup even more power to go along with Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado. North of the border, the Blue Jays will hope to stay healthy, as injuries derailed their 2013 campaign. With Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion anchoring the lineup, Toronto figures to contend in 2014.
Though the Detroit Tigers have won the AL Central each of the last three seasons, and advanced out of the ALDS in each of the campaigns, major changes came to Detroit during the offseason. Jim Leyland stepped down as Tigers manager after eight seasons, which included two trips to the World Series. Brad Ausmus replaced Leyland as manager, but that's not the only significant change that came to MoTown. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski traded Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Thuogh Kinsler doesn't have the power Fielder has, he provides speed and defense that Fielder does not. With a rotation anchored by Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, the Tigers are poised to repeat as AL Central champions -- but face stiff competition.
Terry Francona led the Cleveland Indians to a Wild Card berth last season, and the Tribe finished just one game behind the Tigers in the AL Central. With a roster filled with young talent, such as Danny Salazar and Jason Kipnis, the Indians are poised to take the next step and dethrone the Tigers as AL Central champions. The Kansas City Royals should factor into the AL Central race as well. The Royals flirted with a Wild Card berth in 2013, and are ready to take the next step forward -- but need Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez to continue to progress. If they do, the Royals are a legitimate threat to compete for the division crown in 2014.
Though they don't enter the season with high hopes, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are interesting teams to watch in 2014 -- and if all breaks right, the two teams could find themselves competing for a playoff berth. The White Sox boasted the league's worst offense last year, despite playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Chicago signed the latest Cuban sensation Jose Abreu to a long-term deal, and Abreu should provide power and excitement to a lineup that desperately needs it. The Twins, meanwhile, will host the 2014 All-Star Game, and could also see a drastic improvement on the field as well. Minnesota signed starting pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to round out its rotation, and moved franchise icon Joe Mauer to first base, in effort to keep him healthy. With baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton knocking on Minnesota's door, the future is bright in the Twin Cities -- and Twins fans could get a glimpse of that this summer.
Billy Beane is up to his old tricks, as the low-budget Oakland A's have captured the last two AL West crowns. Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Sonny Gray will attempt to lead Oakland to its third straight division title in 2014 -- and out of the ALDS, where Oakland's season has ended each of the last two seasons.
Winning the AL West again won't be easy for Oakland, as each of the other teams in the division have made significant improvements. The Texas Rangers, who went to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to a lineup in desperate need of left-handed threats. Fielder and Choo are two of the best left handed bats in all of baseball, and should help transform Texas' lineup into one of baseball's best. The Seattle Mariners signed superstar second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year deal, and also signed Corey Hart and Fernando Rodney. With Felix Hernandez atop the rotation, Seattle is poised to compete for a playoff spot. Though the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim didn't make any significant moves in the offseason, they too are likely to challenge Oakland for the AL West crown. Led by uber-star Mike Trout, the Angels boast an offense that should be among the league's best -- provided Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton stay healthy.
Despite trading for center fielder Dexter Fowler and signing a slew of relievers to rebuild the bullpen, the Houston Astros aren't likely to factor into the playoff race in 2014 -- but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of reasons to get to Minute Maid Pard this summer. The Astros boast baseball's very best farm system, and future young stars George Springer, Mark Appel and Carlos Correra should make their Astros debuts this summer -- and it won't be long until the Astros are a legitimate threat to contend for the American League pennant.
The Atlanta Braves captured their first NL East title since 2005 last season, winning 96 games en route to the NL East crown. Atlanta's season ended in disappointment, however, after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Now in 2014, the Braves will attempt to repeat as NL East champions for the first time since Atlanta won 11 consecutive NL East crowns between 1995 and 2005. With a roster featuring Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Julio Teheran, the Braves have an excellent chance of repeating -- but it's certainly far from a guarantee.
The Washington Nationals, last year's NL East favorites, disappointed in 2013, missing the playoffs entirely. After adding Doug Fister to shore up the rotation, the Nationals are poised to once again compete for the NL East crown. Washington, however, needs its stars such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg to remain healthy -- but if they do, the Nationals will certainly be a World Series contender by the end of the season. Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro did his best to double-down on Philadelphia's aging roster, signing Marlon Byrd and A.J. Burnett in an effort to push the Phillies toward playoff contention. Provided Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels stay healthy, the Phillies should be in contention this season.
Losing Matt Harvey to a torn ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery is a big blow to the New York Mets' 2014 playoff hopes, but that didn't stop Mets general manager Sandy Alderson from making a pair of significant offseason moves. The Mets signed outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, who will give the Mets much-improved outfield defense while providing power. With Zack Wheeler atop the rotation, the Mets should compete for at least one of the National League's two Wild Card spots. Like the Mets, the Miami Marlins enter the 2014 season as major dark horses -- but could end up having a magical season in 2014. With Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez anchoring the team, the Marlins have two of the best young players in all of baseball, and are poised to supplement the two stars with plenty of young talent, including Jake Marisnick and Christian Yelich. The Marlins could very well compete for a playoff spot, and, at the least, boast one of the most exciting young rosters in baseball.
2013 was another wildly successful year for the St. Louis Cardinals, as the Redbirds captured their second pennant in three seasons -- but ultimately lost to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. After winning the World Series in 2011, losing the NLCS in seven games in 2012 and losing the World Series in six games in 2013, the Cardinals and Cardinals fans are used to success. Once again, it's World Series or bust for the Cardinals, who enter the 2014 season as the NL Central favorites. Led by Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina, the Cardinals have one of baseball's deepest rosters. As if having an excellent veteran presence isn't enough, Baseball Prospectus ranks the Cardinals as having the most age 25-and-under talent in all of baseball -- which is impressive given the team's success in recent years.
St. Louis isn't a shoo-in to win the NL Central, however. The Cincinnati Reds have one of baseball's best rotations with Homer Bailey, Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani. Cincinnati also boasts one of baseball's most powerful lineups, with Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. The Pittsburgh Pirates were baseball's Cinderella story in 2013, and with reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen anchoring the Pittsburgh lineup, the Pirates are primed to compete again in 2014.
The Milwaukee Brewers enter 2014 as a dark horse. After a disastrous 2013 season that saw superstar Ryan Braun serve a 65-game suspension, Milwaukee is ready to leave its 2013 in the past, and compete in 2014. Along with Braun, the Brewers have one of the most exciting young shortstops in Jean Segura, and one of baseball's best center fielders in Carlos Gomez. Like the Brewers, the Chicago Cubs enter 2014 with minimal expectations, but the North Siders have one of baseball's most interesting rosters. With young stars Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo ready to take a step forward, the Cubs could contend in 2014. Chicago boasts some of baseball's best prospects, and one of them, Javier Baez, should make his Wrigley Field debut at some point in 2014. Though Cubs fans are tired of hearing it, the future is bright at Wrigley Field -- and that future will be on display throughout the 2014 season.
After nearly firing manager Don Mattingly in the middle of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers went on an historic run, winning 42 of 50 games (good for an .820 winning percentage), en route to the NL West crown. Led by Clayton Kersaw, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers boast one of baseball's most star-studded lineups, and enter the 2014 season as the NL West favorites.
The San Francisco Giants, winners of the World Series in 2010 and 2012, are primed to challenge the Dodgers for NL West supremacy. With a rotation led by Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, the Giants boast one of the division's best staffs. Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt anchor a lineup that is underrated by many throughout baseball. Like the Giants, the Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to contend for the NL West crown in 2014. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt enjoyed a breakout year in 2013, and Arizona added another powerful bat to pair with him in Mark Trumbo, giving the D-Backs one of baseball's most potent lineups.
Though expectations aren't as high in Colorado and San Diego, both the Rockies and the Padres have talented rosters that could contend for a playoff berth. The Rockies are always exciting with Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez anchoring the lineup, but also have one of baseball's better farm systems -- and that young talent could make an impact at the major league level for Colorado this season. The Padres, meanwhile, are led by Chase Headley, Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal. San Diego's rotation could end up being one of baseball's best as well, with Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Josh Johnson atop it.
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