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Here are the Big Dog’s Major League Baseball Picks for 2014

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Ozzie Smith started campaigning for it weeks ago but I said it a year ago…opening day in baseball should be a national holiday in America. The 2014 season begins this weekend (with the exception of the two games already played between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks last weekend in Australia) and thousands of Americans and Canadians will be heading through the turnstiles into ballparks.

This day always had special memories for me because for a long time I would take my dad to see opening day as his birthday present. I miss those days and wish I could go pick him up and head off to the ball park. He passed away years ago but the best part is those memories will always be with me.

This is also the time of the year when “hope springs eternal” for all teams playing. With that said, here are my predictions for 2014.  In the National League East, I am picking the Atlanta Braves. In the National League Central, I am going with the St. Louis Cardinals. The winner of the National League West will be the Los Angeles Dodgers with the wildcards going to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals. The winner of the National League title will be the Cardinals.

In the American League, I am picking the Tampa Bay Rays to win the East with the Kansas City Royals winning the Central and the Oakland A’s winning the West. The wildcards teams will be the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. The American League winner will be the Royals.

The World Series winner will be the Cardinals. Before you start laughing at my picks and calling me a “homer” wait for the conclusion of the season and then let me have it.

So, it’s almost opening day for baseball and I can’t wait! Baseball, what a great game!

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