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Blame for Brewers-Pirates brawl?

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings Sunday, moving to an MLB-best 14-5 on the season. But that didn't take the headlines; instead, it was a big brawl that drew the most attention. It started when center fielder Carlos Gomez flipped his bat and looked on after hitting a ball deep to center field. Gomez ended up with a triple, and pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez's behavior (Gomez says he thought the ball would be caught). Words led to punches, and ultimately Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected. Who is to blame? Do you have a problem with hitters posing?

Who is to blame for the brawl between the Brewers and Pirates on Sunday?

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  • Do you have a problem with hitters flipping their bats and/or posing?

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  • Does Carlos Gomez deserve a suspension for his behavior during Sunday's game?

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Opening day sees first replays

Monday was a historic Major League Baseball opening day, and not because the defending champion Boston Red Sox lost. It featured the first uses of MLB's new extended replay system, in which a large number of calls can be challenged. The first attempt came in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs; there, Chicago manager Rick Renteria disputed a double-play call, but it was upheld. The first successful challenge came from Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who prompted a Ryan Braun infield single to be overturned in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory. How do you feel about the new system?

What do you make of MLB's replay challenge system?

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  • How many replay challenges should MLB managers receive per game?

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  • How much will a replay challenge system affect the length of MLB games?

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  • What would be a more efficient way of getting calls right in baseball?

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Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations Insider. Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Top 10 lineups

Baseball's best rotations

A's

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Pictured: Sonny Gray

Braves

Braves

Pictured: Julio Teheran

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Adam Wainwright

Dodgers

Dodgers

Pictured: Clayton Kershaw

Nationals

Nationals

Pictured: Stephen Strasburg

Pirates

Pirates

Pictured: Francisco Liriano

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Yu Darvish

Rays

Rays

Pictured: Matt Moore

Reds

Reds

Pictured: Mat Latos

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Max Scherzer

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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

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What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who is the best player in baseball?

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Francona, Hurdle are top managers

Clint Hurdle won the National League Manager of the Year award Tuesday, and it should be no surprise; his Pittsburgh Pirates shocked baseball by shaking off a 20-year futility streak to win 94 games. The American League recipient -- the Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona -- was a bit surprising, as second-place finisher John Farrell was also a popular candidate. In the end, though, it a 24-victory improvement that helped Francona edge out the Boston Red Sox skipper. Did voters get these awards right?

  • What do you make of Terry Francona winning AL Manager of the Year?

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  • Which team's season was most surprising?

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  • Which team will fare better in 2014?

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  • Which made the bigger difference for the Red Sox in 2013?

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  • Who is the better manager?

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