10 things to know for the 2013 MLB season

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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6. OH, BROTHER ...

Nearly 100 sets of siblings have teamed up in big league history. The Alomars, the Boones, the Ripkens — heck, three Alous once played in the outfield for the Giants. Next up, B.J. and Justin Upton for the Braves. Their parents will keep a watchful eye; they already have season tickets at Turner Field.

7. UPON FURTHER REVIEW ...

No additional replay this year. Baseball is still trying to decide what to review (out or safe at first base?), which video technology to use and who should make the call. Stand by for 2014. Maybe.

8. DEBATES ON THE FIELD ...

Fans in Washington still wonder how far they could've gone last year if Stephen Strasburg didn't get shut down. There's no innings limit on the ace now, as the Nats try to bring the World Series to D.C. San Francisco, meanwhile, aims to win the title for the third time in four years.

9. DEBATES OFF THE FIELD ...

RBIs vs. VORP. ERA vs. BABIP. The Miguel Cabrera-Mike Trout MVP race ramped up the rhetoric between new stats and old values. Both sides dug in, the arguments got louder, the insults intensified. A little more listening, a lot less yelling might show there's plenty of middle ground.

10. SEE YA AROUND ...

Get your tickets now for the Mariano Rivera Farewell Tour. Go see Mo and leave with a memory. Many opposing hitters already got souvenirs — splinters of their bats he shattered with that cut fastball.