Winners and losers of MLB’s opening weekend: Alex Bregman, Mets off to hot starts; Brewers, D-Backs struggle

The first weekend of Major League Baseball’s 2022 season is in the books. While best practices suggest the smart way to approach the game is with patience and discipline, we here like to lean into the entertainment aspect now and then. 

Consider, for example, this annual piece, in which we name winners and losers from the season’s first weekend. Will anyone remember who started hot (or cold) in a few weeks, let alone in October? Probably not. It’s this or worrying about all the world’s existential threats, though, and we know which way we’d rather pass time.

Now, let’s get toit.

Winner: New-look Mets

Sure, the Mets played the Nationals, but you can only play the schedule you’re given. The important thing is the Mets took care of business against a weaker foe, winning the first three games of a four-game set before the bullpen cost them Sunday’s affair. Offseason additions paved the way: Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar combined for 13 hits while Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt struck out 14 batters versus six hits and two walks in 12 innings of work. The Mets will see the Phillies next in what should be a more competitive and entertaining series between National League East foes.

Milwaukee remains the overwhelming favorite in the NL Central. That doesn’t mean this weekend’s series versus the Cubs was easy to stomach for Brewers fans, who had to watch their club lose a one-run game on Opening Day then get blown out on Saturday. Thankfully, the Brew Crew edged the Cubs for their first win on Sunday. The immediate road will get easier for the Brewers, who will conclude a brief road trip with three games in Baltimore against the Orioles.

The Yankees schedule had them opening with seven consecutive games at

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Hot market for collectibles transforms toys into serious business – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No — it’s the sky-high prices for vintage toys and collectibles!

Retailers say they’re still seeing a COVID-fueled interest in vintage toys, comic books, sports cards and collectible card games.

“People had extra time, extra income from the (stimulus) checks and people started using that as disposable income,” said Brad Vigesaa, co-owner of Nerdin Out pop culture and comic book store.

While the spread of the virus has for now eased, most collectibles remain in high demand and, with that demand, carry high prices.

For business partners Scott Bacon and Aaron Ringer, high prices and high demand have led to a high volume in their sales. The two opened Midwest Vintage Toys next door to the Machine Shed video game store and arcade in November.

“Let’s be real, the pandemic was a grim time,” Bacon said. “You can find comfort in those memories.”

“I think it reignited a passion for people’s childhoods,” Ringer said.

High demand and high prices has led to high volume business for the pair. They sell about 150 toys and action figures per week. Most of them are sold and sent by mail via their eBay store.

Aaron ringer, left, checks his phone to see what accessories go with a toy Scott Bacon, right, is holding. The two owners of Midwest Vintage Toys were sorting a collection of toys they acquired March 21, 2022 to sell in their store.

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When not pairing the figures and toys with their accessories and bagging them for sale, the two are hunting for childhood collections to buy.

“So many people don’t realize what’s sitting in their attic,” Bacon said.

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“Masters of the Universe” action figures, originally introduced in 1982 by Mattel, sit in a bin to be
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DICK’S Sporting Merchandise and Golf Galaxy Come to be the Initially-Ever Retail Associates of the Golf Digest ‘Hot List’

Golfers shopping at DICK’S and Golf Galaxy will be equipped to see, try out, and get personalized healthy for the Sizzling List’s gold and silver medal items by DICK’S and Golf Galaxy’s Trustworthy Advisors and PGA/LPGA execs. Consumers also can pick up this year’s Very hot Record concern, offered in suppliers January 25, 2022, which is posted yearly by Golf Digest, the most commonly read golf publication and most frequented golfing website site in the planet.

In addition, DICK’S and Golfing Galaxy ScoreCard customers will receive different positive aspects, which include subscriptions to the Golf Digest Digital Edition, Golf Digest Educational facilities or the Golf Digest print edition. Golfing Galaxy and DICK’S merchants also will sell Golf Digest journal in keep.

“The Very hot Checklist is golf’s go-to information for the time and we are very pleased to be the first retail destination for it,” explained Eric Smith, Vice President of Golf at DICK’S Sporting Merchandise. “This partnership concerning DICK’S, Golfing Galaxy and Golf Digest is about bringing together the methods of industry leaders to enable golfers at all degrees uncover the very best gear, get tailor made match, and enhance their activity.”

“We fashioned this partnership with America’s largest and most highly regarded sports activities retailer to get nearer to golfers,” claimed Chris Reynolds, Senior Vice President & Basic Manager at Golfing Digest. “The Scorching List is the device golfers believe in in determining the suitable machines for them and DICK’S and Golfing Galaxy are the locations for getting that machines, fittings and assistance. Bringing the two together will assist us study about modern golfing buyer, have an understanding of the golfing devices small business, and increase the activity. Our intention is often to assist golfers enjoy much better and appreciate the activity a lot more.”

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NBA coaching hot seat: With Luke Walton fired, Frank Vogel, Dwane Casey, Stephen Silas could be next to go

Luke Walton’s firing was almost inevitable. The Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs 15 years in a row and is now on their 11th coach in that span. Monte McNair didn’t hire Walton, but he oversaw many of Walton’s failures both tactically and within his locker room. He was the obvious first NBA coach to be fired of the 2021-22 season. 

There isn’t an obvious second. Of the other nine teams currently outside of the play-in picture, six have coaches in their first two seasons, and two of the others have coaches who have won championships for their current employer. There has been no substantial reporting regarding specific coaches who are in danger, nor are their any clear situations in which a coach and his top basketball executive don’t fit. We could all predict who the first coach to be fired would be because he deserved to be fired based on what had happened over the course of multiple seasons. The next coach who gets fired will lose his job because of what happens this season, and it’s still so new that making any firm predictions would be impossible. 

Even if we can’t figure out exactly who’s coming next, we can at least speculate about who’s under pressure. Three coaches stand out as obvious hot seat choices now that Walton has been fired.

Casey fits the traditional profile of a coach on the hot seat. Detroit is now in its third season as a lottery team having won exactly 20 games in back-to-back seasons. He was not hired by top basketball executive Troy Weaver, and while he extended his

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