2014 Major League Baseball season

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2014 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 22, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mike Trout (LAA)
NL: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
League Postseason
AL championsKansas City Royals
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upKansas City Royals
World Series MVPMadison Bumgarner (SF)
MLB seasons
 
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2014 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 22, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mike Trout (LAA)
NL: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
League Postseason
AL championsKansas City Royals
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upKansas City Royals
World Series MVPMadison Bumgarner (SF)
MLB seasons

The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22 in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1] The North American part of the season started on March 30 and ended on September 28.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 85th edition was held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins. The American League (AL) beat the National League (NL) 5–3. With the win, the AL champion earned home-field advantage during the World Series.

This year the Houston Astros hosted the Civil Rights Game on May 30 at Minute Maid Park. They played host to the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

This was also the final season of Bud Selig as the Commissioner of Baseball. Selig served as the Executive Council Chairman from 1992 to 1998, acting as the commissioner, and then was appointed as the official commissioner in 1998.[3] On August 14, 2014, the franchise owners selected Rob Manfred to become the new Commissioner of Baseball starting next year.[4]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

American LeagueNational League
AL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(2) Baltimore Orioles96660.59350–3146–35
New York Yankees84780.5191243–3841–40
Toronto Blue Jays83790.5121346–3537–44
Tampa Bay Rays77850.4751936–4541–40
Boston Red Sox71910.4382534–4737–44


AL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(3) Detroit Tigers90720.55645–3645–36
(4) Kansas City Royals89730.549142–3947–34
Cleveland Indians85770.525548–3337–44
Chicago White Sox73890.4511740–4133–48
Minnesota Twins70920.4322035–4635–46


AL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim98640.60552–2946–35
(5) Oakland Athletics88740.5431048–3340–41
Seattle Mariners87750.5371141–4046–35
Houston Astros70920.4322838–4332–49
Texas Rangers67950.4143133–4834–47


NL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(1) Washington Nationals96660.59351–3045–36
Atlanta Braves79830.4881742–3937–44
New York Mets79830.4881740–4139–42
Miami Marlins77850.4751942–3935–46
Philadelphia Phillies73890.4512337–4436–45


NL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(3) St. Louis Cardinals90720.55651–3039–42
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates88740.543251–3037–44
Milwaukee Brewers82800.506842–3940–41
Cincinnati Reds76860.4691444–3732–49
Chicago Cubs73890.4511741–4032–49


NL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers94680.58045–3649–32
(5) San Francisco Giants88740.543645–3643–38
San Diego Padres77850.4751748–3329–52
Colorado Rockies66960.4072845–3621–60
Arizona Diamondbacks64980.3953033–4831–50


Postseason[edit]

 Wild Card Game
TV: TBS (ALWCG);
ESPN (NLWCG)
Division Series
TV: TBS (ALDS);
Fox Sports 1/MLB Network (NLDS)
League Championship Series
TV: TBS (ALCS);
Fox (Games 1, 6),
Fox Sports 1 (Games 2–5, 7) (NLCS)
World Series
TV: Fox
                   
  1 LA Angels0 
4 Kansas City1  4 Kansas City3  
 4 Kansas City4 
5 Oakland0  American League
 2 Baltimore0  
2 Baltimore3
  
 3 Detroit0 
  AL Kansas City3
 NL San Francisco4
  1 Washington1  
4 Pittsburgh0  5 San Francisco3  
 5 San Francisco4
5 San Francisco1  National League
 3 St. Louis1 
2 LA Dodgers1
  
 3 St. Louis3 

Wild Card Game[edit]

American League[edit]

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City

Team123456789101112RHE
Oakland Athletics2000050000018130
Kansas City Royals1020000310029150
WP: Jason Frasor (1–0)   LP: Dan Otero (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: Brandon Moss (2)
KC: None
Attendance: 40,502

National League[edit]

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh

Team123456789RHE
San Francisco Giants0004012108112
Pittsburgh Pirates000000000040
WP: Madison Bumgarner (1–0)   LP: Edinson Volquez (0–1)
Home runs:
SF: Brandon Crawford (1)
PIT: None
Attendance: 40,629

Division Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2014 American League Division Series
Kansas City Royals defeat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3–0
GameDateScoreSeries
(KC–LAA)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 2Royals 3, Angels 2 *1–0Angel Stadium of Anaheim45,3214:0593 degrees, clear
2October 3Royals 4, Angels 1 *2–0Angel Stadium of Anaheim45,3613:4893 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 5Royals 8, Angels 33–0Kauffman Stadium40,6573:3869 degrees, partly cloudy

*: 11 innings

2014 American League Division Series
Baltimore Orioles defeat Detroit Tigers 3–0
GameDateScoreSeries
(BAL–DET)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 2Orioles 12, Tigers 31–0Oriole Park at Camden Yards47,8423:4270 degrees, cloudy
2October 3Orioles 7, Tigers 62–0Oriole Park at Camden Yards48,0583:4166 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 5Orioles 2, Tigers 13–0Comerica Park43,0133:4153 degrees, partly cloudy

National League[edit]

2014 National League Division Series
San Francisco Giants defeat Washington Nationals 3–1
GameDateScoreSeries
(SF–WAS)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 3Giants 3, Nationals 21–0Nationals Park44,0353:5570 degrees, overcast
2October 4Giants 2, Nationals 1 *2–0Nationals Park44,0356:2361 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 6Nationals 4, Giants 12–1AT&T Park43,6272:4777 degrees, sunny
4October 7Giants 3, Nationals 23–1AT&T Park43,4643:1565 degrees, cloudy

*: 18 innings

2014 National League Division Series
St. Louis Cardinals defeat Los Angeles Dodgers 3–1
GameDateScoreSeries
(STL–LAD)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 3Cardinals 10, Dodgers 91–0Dodger Stadium54,2653:5796 degrees, sunny
2October 4Dodgers 3, Cardinals 21–1Dodger Stadium54,5993:2790 degrees, clear
3October 6Cardinals 3, Dodgers 12–1Busch Stadium47,5743:0472 degrees, partly cloudy
4October 7Cardinals 3, Dodgers 23–1Busch Stadium46,9063:0578 degrees, sunny

League Championship Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2014 American League Championship Series
Kansas City Royals defeat Baltimore Orioles 4–0
GameDateScoreSeries
(KC–BAL)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 10Royals 8, Orioles 6 *1–0Oriole Park at Camden Yards47,1244:3759 degrees, overcast
2October 11Royals 6, Orioles 42–0Oriole Park at Camden Yards46,9124:1757 degrees, overcast
3October 14Royals 2, Orioles 13–0Kauffman Stadium40,1832:5562 degrees, clear
4October 15Royals 2, Orioles 14–0Kauffman Stadium40,4682:5665 degrees, sunny

*: 10 innings
: postponed from October 13 due to rain

National League[edit]

2014 National League Championship Series
San Francisco Giants defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4–1
GameDateScoreSeries
(SF–STL)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 11Giants 3, Cardinals 01–0Busch Stadium47,2013:2358 degrees, cloudy
2October 12Cardinals 5, Giants 41–1Busch Stadium46,2623:4161 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 14Giants 5, Cardinals 4 *2–1AT&T Park42,7163:1070 degrees, overcast
4October 15Giants 6, Cardinals 43–1AT&T Park43,1473:5366 degrees, partly cloudy
5October 16Giants 6, Cardinals 34–1AT&T Park43,2173:0366 degrees, partly cloudy

*: 10 innings

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2014 World Series
2014 World Series
San Francisco Giants defeat Kansas City Royals 4–3
GameDateScoreSeries
(SF–KC)
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 21Giants 7, Royals 11–0Kauffman Stadium40,4593:3266 degrees, clear
2October 22Royals 7, Giants 21–1Kauffman Stadium40,4463:2567 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 24Royals 3, Giants 21–2AT&T Park43,0203:1567 degrees, partly cloudy
4October 25Giants 11, Royals 42–2AT&T Park43,0664:0065 degrees, cloudy
5October 26Giants 5, Royals 03–2AT&T Park43,0873:0967 degrees, clear
6October 28Royals 10, Giants 03–3Kauffman Stadium40,3723:2158 degrees, clear
7October 29Giants 3, Royals 24–3Kauffman Stadium40,5353:1055 degrees, clear

Schedule[edit]

The Diamondbacks and Dodgers play in Sydney, March 23

No significant changes were made to the 2014 schedule. As was the case in 2013, teams will play 19 games against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, and six or seven games against each team from the other two divisions in its league for a total of 66 games. All teams will play 20 interleague games, with the majority of match-ups following the divisional rotation that has been in place since 2004. For 2014, the matchups will be AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, and AL West vs. NL East. Teams will play four games against a designated "rival" in two back-to-back two-game series, one home and one away. Unlike 2013, where all of these series were played during the same week, these rivalry series will be spread from early May through mid-August. The table below shows the interleague rivals for the 2014 season.

AL EastNL EastAL CentralNL CentralAL WestNL West
Red SoxBravesWhite SoxCubsMarinersPadres
YankeesMetsIndiansRedsAngelsDodgers
Blue JaysPhilliesTigersPiratesAthleticsGiants
RaysMarlinsTwinsBrewersRangersRockies
OriolesNationalsRoyalsCardinalsAstrosDiamondbacks

Rule changes[edit]

On August 15, 2013, Major League Baseball announced that it will expand its video review process for the 2014 season, and MLB clubs unanimously approved the new rules on January 16, 2014. Managers are now able to challenge certain plays no more than twice per game, including force plays, fair or foul balls, and batters hit by a pitch, among others. If a manager exhausts his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling.[5][6]

On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers.[7] On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect as Rule 7.13 was released.[8]

Managerial changes[edit]

General managers[edit]

In-season[edit]

TeamFormer GMNew GMReason for leavingFormer job
Atlanta BravesFrank WrenJohn Hart (interim)FiredHart was a former Indians and Rangers general manager and was the current Braves senior advisor.

Field managers[edit]

In-season[edit]

TeamFormer managerInterim managerReason for leavingStory/Accomplishments
Houston AstrosBo PorterTom LawlessFiredPorter was fired on September 1 along with bench coach Dave Trembley. Lawless was named the interim manager. Porter finished with a 110–190 in under two seasons.[9]
Texas RangersRon WashingtonTim BogarResignedWashington resigned on September 5 for personal reasons after eight seasons with the Rangers. He finished with a 664–611 record and is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed. Washington led the Rangers to four straight 90-win seasons, three playoff appearances, and back-to-back American League championships in 2010 and 2011.[10] Bogar, who is the current bench coach, was named the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.
Arizona DiamondbacksKirk GibsonAlan TrammellFiredGibson was fired on September 26 after four years as manager of the Diamondbacks. He finished with a 353–375 record and led the Diamondbacks to the division title during the 2011 season while capturing the National League Manager of the Year award. Trammell, who previously was the bench coach, will take over as manager for the final three games of the season.[11]

Off-season[edit]

At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

TeamFormer managerNew managerReason for leavingStory/Accomplishments
Seattle MarinersEric WedgeLloyd McClendonResignedWedge declined to return on September 27, 2013 as he missed part of the season with a partial stroke. He finished with a 213–273 record in three seasons.[12] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[13] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[14]
Chicago CubsDale SveumRick RenteriaFiredSveum was fired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[15] Renteria was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[16]
Washington NationalsDavey JohnsonMatt WilliamsRetiredJohnson announced on November 12, 2012 that the 2013 season would be his last. He finished with a record of 224–183 in his three seasons.[17] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[18]
Cincinnati RedsDusty BakerBryan PriceFiredBaker was fired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[19] Price served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[20][21]
Detroit TigersJim LeylandBrad AusmusResigned and RetiredLeyland resigned on October 21, 2013 and then retired the next day with a record of 700–597 (.540) with three division titles (2011–13), one AL wild card (2006) and two AL pennants (2006 and 2012).[22] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[23]

League leaders[edit]

American League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

StatPlayerTotal
AVGJosé Altuve (HOU).341
HRNelson Cruz (BAL)40
RBIMike Trout (LAA)111
RMike Trout (LAA)115
HJosé Altuve (HOU)225
SBJosé Altuve (HOU)56

National League[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Batters[edit]

Pitchers[edit]

No-hitters[edit]

Other Accomplishments[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the YearJacob DeGrom (NYM)José Abreu (CWS)
Cy Young AwardClayton Kershaw (LAD)Corey Kluber (CLE)
Manager of the YearMatt Williams (WAS)Buck Showalter (BAL)
Most Valuable PlayerClayton Kershaw (LAD)Mike Trout (LAA)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
PitcherZack Greinke (LAD)Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
CatcherYadier Molina (STL)Salvador Pérez (KC)
1st BaseAdrian Gonzalez (LAD)Eric Hosmer (KC)
2nd BaseDJ LeMahieu (COL)Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd BaseNolan Arenado (COL)Kyle Seager (SEA)
ShortstopAndrelton Simmons (ATL)J.J. Hardy (BAL)
Left fieldChristian Yelich (MIA)Alex Gordon (KC)
Center fieldJuan Lagares (NYM)Adam Jones (BAL)
Right fieldJason Heyward (ATL)Nick Markakis (BAL)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated HitterMadison Bumgarner (SF)Víctor Martínez (DET)
CatcherBuster Posey (SF)Yan Gomes (CLE)
1st BaseAdrian Gonzalez (LAD)José Abreu (CWS)
2nd BaseNeil Walker (PIT)José Altuve (HOU)
3rd BaseAnthony Rendon (WAS)Adrián Beltré (TEX)
ShortstopIan Desmond (WAS)Alexei Ramírez (CWS)
OutfieldGiancarlo Stanton (MIA)José Bautista (TOR)
Justin Upton (ATL)Michael Brantley (CLE)
Andrew McCutchen (PIT)Mike Trout (LAA)

Other awards[edit]

Fielding Bible Awards
PositionPlayer
PitcherDallas Keuchel (HOU)
CatcherJonathan Lucroy (MIL)
1st BaseAdrian Gonzalez (LAD)
2nd BaseDustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd BaseJosh Donaldson (OAK)
ShortstopAndrelton Simmons (ATL)
Left FieldAlex Gordon (KC)
Center FieldJuan Lagares (NYM)
Right FieldJason Heyward (ATL)
Multi-positionLorenzo Cain (KC)

Monthly Awards[edit]

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilSonny GrayJose Fernandez
MayMasahiro TanakaMadison Bumgarner
JuneFélix HernándezClayton Kershaw
JulySonny GrayClayton Kershaw
AugustMatt ShoemakerMadison Bumgarner
SeptemberCorey KluberAdam Wainwright

Rookie of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilJosé AbreuChris Owings
MayGeorge SpringerKolten Wong
JuneJosé AbreuBilly Hamilton
JulyJosé AbreuJacob deGrom
AugustMatt ShoemakerKyle Hendricks
SeptemberCollin McHughJacob deGrom

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

Patches[edit]

Anniversaries and special events[edit]

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

TeamSpecial occasion
Atlanta BravesTo commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run
Remembrance of the life of longtime announcer Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles60th anniversary in Baltimore
Remembrance of the life of former part-owner Tom Clancy
Boston Red SoxTo commemorate their 2013 World Series championship [home opener only]
Chicago CubsWrigley Field's 100th anniversary
Chicago White SoxRemembrance of the life of David Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimRemembrance of the life of former shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Milwaukee BrewersRemembrance of the life of scouting director Bruce Seid
Minnesota TwinsHost city of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
New York MetsRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[112]
Remembrance of the life of former general manager Frank Cashen
Oakland Athletics25th Anniversary World Series champions reunion
Remembrance of the life of former pitcher Bob Welch (July 19)
Philadelphia PhilliesRemembrance of the life of part-owner Claire Betz
Remembrance of the life of former manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Pittsburgh PiratesRemembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Ralph Kiner[113]
San Diego PadresRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Jerry Coleman
Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Tony Gwynn
Tampa Bay RaysRemembrance of the life of senior adviser Don Zimmer
All 30 teamsMay 11, Mother's Day - Breast cancer awareness
June 15, Father's Day - Prostate cancer awareness
July 4 - patches with ALS and Lou Gehrig in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's speech[114]
July 27–75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Cubs and Cardinals wore the patches July 26.

Throwbacks[edit]

In addition to ten Cubs throwback uniforms to mark the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, selected teams wore throwbacks throughout the season:

Other uniforms[edit]

Television[edit]

National[edit]

United States[edit]

This was first year of the new eight-year TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports, and TBS. ESPN will air Sunday night games, some Monday Night games and Wednesday night games, while Fox Sports will air Saturday games and TBS will air Sunday games.

Contract provisions in ESPN's contract will virtually eliminate local blackouts among the network's Monday and Wednesday night games, allowing ESPN coverage to co-exist with that of the local broadcasters in home markets.[119][120] Sunday Night Baseball blackout rules will still apply.

Fox Sports' contract also covers Fox Sports 1, which began its first year of Major League Baseball coverage. Fox Sports 1 will televise 40 regular-season games (mostly on Saturdays) and possibly up to 15 playoff games. The increase in televised games from previous years is due to a provision in the contract that allows for Fox Sports 1 to take a game between two teams in which Fox operates the teams' individual RSNs and elevate it into a national broadcast. As a result, MLB regular season coverage on the Fox network will be reduced to 12 weeks beginning in 2014.[121]

In the post-season, TBS and ESPN will air two Wild Card Games. TBS, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network will air the Division Series, while TBS will air the American League Championship Series. The Fox network and Fox Sports 1 will air the National League Championship Series, and the Fox network will exclusively air the All-Star Game and the World Series.

Canada[edit]

This is the first year of eight-year contracts for national broadcasts in Canada. Sportsnet, owned by Rogers Communications (and sister company of the Toronto Blue Jays), continues to be the primary rightsholder, retaining rights to the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and all postseason games. In total (including Canada-wide rights to all Blue Jays games which are acquired directly from the team), Sportsnet's various channels will carry almost 300 MLB games per season until 2021.[122] As part of the deal, Rogers Cable became the Canadian launch partner for MLB Network, which was not previously available in Canada.

Separately, TSN announced its own eight-year deal to expand its MLB coverage. Having carried ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball since 2010 under sublicense from Sportsnet, TSN and TSN2 will now carry all of ESPN's regular-season coverage (ESPN being a minority partner in TSN), adding Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball, totalling over 75 games per year.[123]

French-language rights, previously held exclusively by TSN's French-language sister channels RDS and RDS2, will now be split with TVA Sports, with each group airing approximately 70 games per season (TVA Sports also carries additional Blue Jays games acquired directly from the team). RDS will continue to carry the All-Star Game and the World Series, but the remaining postseason rights will be split equally between RDS and TVA Sports.[124][125]

Local[edit]

Radio[edit]

ESPN Radio aired its 17th season of national coverage, including Sunday night games, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason.

Local[edit]

The New York Yankees left WCBS, which was their radio home for 12 years, but the rights remained with CBS Radio's New York cluster, as they moved to WCBS's sister station WFAN with a new rights agreement, which allows an FM simulcast with WFAN-FM, which would mark the first time the Yankees are heard on FM radio in their hometown.[127] The move to WFAN means that the New York Mets moved to WOR (purchased by Clear Channel in late 2012) for the 2014 season, as they had been on WFAN since the station had adopted the all-sports format in 1987.[127]

This will be the final year in which the Chicago Cubs will air on WGN. WGN has had some form of broadcast relationship with the Cubs since 1925 and has been the exclusive broadcaster of the team since 1958; for many years, the Cubs and WGN were both owned by Tribune Company. The spin-off of the Cubs to new ownership, combined with continued financial losses, the Cubs' persistent on-field futility and the pending end of the rival Chicago White Sox's contract with WSCR after the 2015 season, prompted Tribune to end its relationship with the Cubs. Cubs broadcasts will move to CBS Radio's WBBM for 2015 and, if the White Sox do not renew with WSCR, to WSCR for 2016 and beyond.[128]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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