As the 2013 Major League Baseball season winds down, the sport looks ahead to new beginnings in 2014. 

On Tuesday, via, a tentative schedule was released for next season, marking the path to the pennant races through a 162-game marathon.

For those who like to plan ahead, want to make that cross-country baseball excursion or just can’t wait for new storylines and narratives to emerge, here are the eight biggest takeaways from the 2014 MLB schedule release.


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