Slowly but surely, the 2014 Major League Baseball season is forming an identity. With three weeks in the books, hot starts are becoming eye-opening, slow starts worrisome, and daily glances at the standings more and more instructive.
Obviously, the small sample size caveat still applies to any declaration or usage of performance or statistics this early in a season. But we're moving closer to making educated judgments based on tangible results on the field in 2014.
Last week, Chase Utley, Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka were the stories. As those three potential All-Stars continue to dominate the early-season headlines, leaguewide narratives are forming and becoming must-watch aspects of the season.
It's nearly been a full month since the Dodgers and Diamondbacks squared off at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, blazing forth the start of what is shaping up to be a special season. Thus far, the games and stories have not disappointed.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the first three weeks of the 2014 MLB season.