Ranking MLB's 15 Biggest Early-Season Storylines

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Ranking MLB's 15 Biggest Early-Season Storylines
Richard Drew

From the final seasons for two of baseball's most important figures to newly-implemented rule changes and the continued development of some of the game's biggest stars, there's no shortage of intriguing storylines to follow as the 2014 MLB regular season continues to unfold.

You may be asking yourself: "How can you rank them? How can you possibly say that one is more important—a bigger story—than another?"

There are two major pieces to my ranking logic: impact and staying power.

Is the story something that affects the entire league—or involve a figure that is iconic enough—that more than his local fanbase is going to have a genuine interest in?

Additionally, will this be a story that we'll be talking about over the course of the entire season? Or will it be quickly filed away and hardly mentioned once it plays out?

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 15 biggest narratives to follow as the 2014 MLB season rolls along.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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