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MLB Opening Day 2022 What we saw and takeaways from baseball's return

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The 2022 MLB season is here! Thursday's Opening Day action didn't disappoint, and Friday kept the party going with clutch performances, mascot antics and more. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox wrote another chapter in their historic rivalry, with Josh Donaldson providing the walk-off win in extra innings. The Detroit Tigers started off their season with another win in walk-off fashion against the Chicago White Sox. Start a Free Trial to watch Rugby World Cup live on YouTube TV (and cancel anytime). Stream live TV from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN & popular cable networks.

Phillies Bats Go Cold as Rockies Take First Game of Series

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Heading into the 2022 MLB season, this Philadelphia Phillies lineup was supposed to be one of the largest producing units in baseball. Home runs, dingers, moonshots, whatever your choice word may be, were supposed to be launched in ballparks all over the nation. Unfortunately, that has yet to come to fruition this season for the Phillies. In fact, aside from a few outings, this Philly lineup has been largely toothless. It has lacked chemistry. There is no direction. That was on full display on Monday night when they dropped the first game of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

Nightengale's Notebook: Dick Allen’s Hall of Fame heartbreak

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About 2/3 through this article is the part about Dick Allen’s family learning he didn’t make it in the Hall of Fame. It’s tough to read. Allen belongs in Cooperstown. Here’s an excerpt from Nightengale’s article: Their optimism overflowed when Hall of Fame president Josh Rawitch announced that the Golden Days Era Committee had elected four new Hall of Famers. The last time the committee met in 2014, no one was elected. He began with Gil Hodges, and then Jim Kaat. Suddenly, the room went silent. It dawned on Carfagno that Rawitch was reading the names in alphabetical order. He leaned over to producer Mike Tollin and whispered, "I don’t think he’s getting in." Then came the news of Minnie Miñoso, and finally Tony Oliva. Richard Allen, Dick’s son, started weeping. So did Dick’s wife, Willa. His grandson. Nephew. Relatives. Friends. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

It's Time: Elect Dick Allen to the Hall of Fame

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This article takes a year by year look at Dick Allen's career and makes an argument for the slugger's election to the Hall of Fame. Allen will be eligible on the Golden Days Era Committee ballot this fall.

MLB Trade Rumors Free Agent Destination Polls

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The Phillies won both the Harper (34.0% of votes)) and Machado (45.8%) polls.

SB Nation GM Simulation

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All the SB Nation sites (including The Good Phight I assume) got together for this. The Phillies were able to sign Manny but Bryce Harper wound up on the Yankees. The Phillies also were able to trade for the Red Sox' Rick Porcello.

The Pirates Should Be in the NL East

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I wrote this on the Pirates blog. The Pirates are in town for this weekend only and it's a shame.

Trade for the Cubs' Mike Montgomery?

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Bleed Cubbie Blue was discussing trades for pitcher Mike Montgomery who they consider expendable now that they signed Yu Darvish. In the last Felske Files, he was one of the pitchers mentioned as a possible trade target. The proposed offer in this FanPost is RHP Adonis Media and OF Adam Haseley. No Sixto, no Kingery. Deal or no deal?