I probably could have just started Sunday SB’s on 3/27, so this will end up being a bit of a link dump. Enjoy!

Opening Day starters: Who’s getting the call?
“Every starting pitcher for each team in Game 1 of the 2022 season, as announced by the team’s manager. Noted in parentheses are how many times that pitcher has started on Opening Day, including the upcoming ’22 start. “
https://www.mlb.com/news/opening-day-starting-pitchers-for-2022

D-backs add Chick-fil-A, 4 other partners to Chase Field food lineup
“Black Rock Coffee, Chick-fil-A, Crèmily, Scoopwell’s Dough Bar and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt will be among the new options for fans to check out at D-backs home games.”
https://arizonasports.com/story/3091291/d-backs-add-chick-fil-a-4-other-food-partners-to-chase-field-food-lineup/

Merrill Kelly on pitching in KBO to D-backs extension: ‘It’s been a whirlwind’

Committing to Arizona was also important to Kelly because his daughter, Hadley, was born seven weeks ago and the possibility of having to move as a free agent no longer looms.

“When I got down to it and weighing whether we should take it or take the chance in free agency, I racked my brain and went through all the different scenarios,” Kelly said. “There really isn’t too many other places that I would want to play. Not only just because it’s home, because of our situation here, we don’t have to move for spring training and go somewhere else. I love the staff, I love my teammates. “

Merrill Kelly on pitching in KBO to D-backs extension: ‘It’s been a whirlwind’

Roster moves bring Diamondbacks pitching staff into focus
This was actually mentioned in the comments elsewhere, but I thought it was worth notiing. The Dbacks optioned Tyler Gilbert and Tayler Widener.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2022/04/02/roster-moves-bring-diamondbacks-pitching-staff-into-focus/7259686001/

Scherzer scratched from intrasquad game, Saturday 4/2.
Mets haven’t disclosed a reason, but he has been bothered by hamstring issues lately. https://www.mlb.com/news/max-scherzer-scratched-from-intrasquad-game

Just something I thought was cool or maybe nostalgic. IPK vs Justin Upton, courtesy of Jack and posted by The Brute Squad (3/25)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7dl992M9fM

Angels DFA Upton, tab young stars for corner OF spots

https://www.mlb.com/news/angels-designate-justin-upton-for-assignment

Billy Hamilton’s leaping catch, robbing a Rockies home run (4/1)
https://www.mlb.com/video/billy-hamilton-s-leaping-catch?t=spring-training

Balkovec recovering after getting hit in face by ball at camp. (March 22)
Balkovec was assisting in a soft-toss hitting drill at the Yankees’ player development complex when a batter mishit the ball, striking the 34-year-old, who is set to become the first woman manager in affiliated professional baseball this season.
https://www.mlb.com/news/rachel-balkovec-recovering-hit-in-face-by-ball

An update on April 4th, when she returned to the field.

“Playfully wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football helmet, New York Yankees minor league manager Rachel Balkovec was back on the field Saturday.

Balkovec, hired as the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team, was hit in the face by a batted ball during a drill March 22. The accident caused facial swelling.

The 34-year-old Balkovec took the field for the first inning to coach first base in a minor league intrasquad game. Her Bucs helmet was adorned with a Yankees logo. “

https://www.ktsm.com/sports/national-sports/yanks-minor-league-manager-balkovec-back-after-facial-injury/

This is actually old news, a couple of weeks ago, but
Three Rules Being Tested at Reno Aces Games: Major League Baseball will be testing rules in the minor leagues this season
https://www.milb.com/reno/news/three-rules-being-tested-at-reno-aces-games-you-have-to-see-to-believe

This day in history: In 1860, the Pony Express debuted. Truman also signed the Marshall Plan in 1948. It was a post-WWII plan to aid European countries.

This day in baseball history: Mike Lansing was born in 1968, he is notable in that he hit a cycle against the Dbacks on June 17, 2000. It only took him 4 innings to accomplish the feat, as the Rockies drubbed the Dbacks 19- 2 at Coors Field.

In 1989, Ken Griffey Jr made his MLB debut. He hit a double in his first at bat against … Dave Stewart of the Oakland A’s. The starter for the Mariners that day was Mark Langston, who was traded to the Montreal Expos for some guy named Randy Johnson.

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