Biggest Stars of the 2013 MLB Season

The 2013 Major League Baseball Regular season is finally done, but for two teams, a 163rd game is necessary to determine who gets a chance to play October baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will battle in Arlington to determine who the second American League Wild Card spot will go to. The MLB Playoffs will begin on Tuesday with a play-in game featuring the division rivals Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates with the winner moving on to battle another division opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals. As we look forward to the postseason madness, let us first look back on some of the biggest stars of the 2013 MLB regular season.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

Davis could very well be the AL MVP after the stellar season he put up. He broke Brady Anderson’s franchise record for home runs in a season by hitting 53, while also hitting .286 with 138 RBIs. The first basemen has put together quality back-to-back seasons for the Orioles and could be the biggest breakout star of the year.

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

As baseball fans said goodbye to one legendary closer in New York, a fourth-year player for the Braves quietly put together one of the best seasons for a closer in MLB history. Kimbrel finished the season with 50 saves in 68 games with a 1.21 ERA. He also recorded 98 strikeouts in 67 innings and had a WHIP of 0.881. Aside from his saves total, this wasn’t his best season in the majors, but with 139 saves at the age of 25, Kimbrel could be the only player that can reach Mariano Rivera’s numbers.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

While Albert Pujols struggled to stay healthy and Josh Hamilton couldn’t get in a groove, Trout continued his remarkable play, putting him in the conversation for one of the best players in the league. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year last season, Trout didn’t experience a letdown in 2013, hitting .323 with 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, while leading the league in runs (109) and walks (100). The things he can do at his age (21) are incredible and he could end up as one of the greatest of all time if he can avoid injury.

Wear What the Pros Do During Their Celebration

One of the greatest traditions in the world of professional sports is winning a division title, playoff series or World Series and immediately putting on shirts and hats commemorating the event. Personally, I remember fondly in 1995 when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series, I switched the channel to QVC to see the shirts and hats my favorite players were wearing on the field. As technology has gone on, the ability for fans to get the same gear has become easier, especially when it comes to the Internet.

One thing MLB did this year with their line of “Postseason Gear,” was create slogans for each division using the line, “We Own the (fill in the blank).” For teams like the National League East champion Braves, their shirts say, “We Own the East,” while the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers’ says, “We Own the West.”

Just like the Internet has made purchasing what the pros are wearing simpler, it has also made it easier to get a little of something for everyone. From men’s jerseys to women’s gear to items for the kids in your household, MLB has made the gift-making process simpler for everyone.

To check out some of this year’s Postseason Gear from Major League Baseball, click below.

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Celebrate Mariano Rivera’s Legendary Career

In Major League Baseball, there are few players that can have the effect on the sport for as long as someone like Mariano Rivera. The all-time MLB saves leader is one of the best postseason pitchers in the history of the game with an 8-1 record and 42 saves with a 0.70 ERA. With the native of Panama on his way out, what are some of the best pieces of memorabilia you can add to your home or office that will allow you to never forget his legacy in the sport?

Framed 16×32 Subway Sign

Whether it’s for your man cave or even your office at work, this sign showcases all of Rivera’s accolades in the sport and will look good anywhere you wish to display it. From his 1999 World Series MVP to the fact that Rivera will be the last person to ever wear No. 42, this piece of art – limited to 442 – is ideal for any fan or situation.

Mariano Rivera Signature Bottle of Cologne

One of the easiest gift ideas for an older man like your father or grandfather is cologne. Who doesn’t want to smell good? That is why this 200mL bottle of cologne is a great gift choice, especially for the lifetime Yankee fan. The cologne comes in a blue spray bottle with Rivera’s name, number and signature screened on.

Mariano Rivera Autographed Yankee Stadium Bleacher Seat Pair

A lot of the time, when it comes to the best memorabilia you can get that will create conversation in your bar or office, it’s the uniqueness of an item that stands out. That is especially the case with this Rivera autographed bleacher seat from the old Yankee Stadium. If you really want your Rivera autograph to stand out more than it would hanging on your wall, this item is your best bet.