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Friday, March 21, 2014

Baseball 2014: Jeter, A-Rod, Oprah, and a Giants-Dodgers Dogfight

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

click to enlarge DAVID BLUMENKRANTZ

This is just too easy. Can of corn. It's like, some of this stuff, I can just pluck right out of last year's column.

As baseball season kicks off tonight, here are my predictions for 2014:

  • Derek Jeter retires as the greatest Yankees shortstop of all time, with a final line of .275/.340/.370, a dozen homers and 60 RBIs, passing Cap Anson on the career hit list with his 3436th.

  • Jeter will appear on Saturday Night Live with Donald Trump (or Darrell Hammond).

  • In a sit-down with Oprah, Alex Rodriguez will come across better than Lance Armstrong.

  • The New York Yankees miss the postseason and at least one Steinbrenner goes berserk, with either Joe Girardi or Brian Cashman exiting by mid-October.

  • The Boston Red Sox miss Stephen Drew more than they expected.

  • The American League Cy Young Award goes to David Price.

  • AL Rookie of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka.

  • The American League East will finish this way: Rays, Red Sox (Wild Card), Yankees, Orioles, Jays.

  • Several prominent Major Leaguers will miss action, delayed by visa problems.

  • "Five-tool player" regains its rightful position as the most overused phrase in baseball, leaving "we all have to be on the same page" in the dust. "Flu-like symptoms," "strained oblique," "anything can happen in a short series," "back in the day," "intestinal fortitude," "chain of custody," "there's no crying in baseball," and "it's only May" round out the top 10.

  • Countless players, play-by-play guys, and color commentators will refer to a just-completed contest using the word "tonight," even though it was a day game.

  • AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera.
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About The Author

Howard Cole

Howard Cole is an L.A.-based baseball writer, born in what is now the Scientology Building on Sunset Blvd., a Pence's throw from Dodger Stadium. He's also the founding director of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA).

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