This year's breakouts will shake up stodgy franchises
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No question 2013 was a been-there, done-that year for sports. The Heat atop the NBA? Been there. The Ravens winning a Super Bowl? Done that. Another title for Alabama? For the Blackhawks? For the Red Sox? Will the aughts ever stop repeating themselves? But 2014–with a World Cup, a wide-open NFL playoff picture and two relatively new head coaches in the BCS National Championship Game–promises a little more mystery. Below, four players who might shake up their sports.
CINCINNATI REDS OUTFIELDER
Blink and you’ll miss him. Hamilton stole 13 bases in 13 MLB games last year. (He was caught once.) He had 75 in the minors before his call-up and 155 in 2012, a theft rate unheard of in the slide-step era.