First call: Michael Vick is retired. Jameson Taillon shines for the Yankees. The pirates are hoping for a break against the Rockies

Monday’s “First Call” dispels speculation that former Pittsburgh Steelers general Michael Vick may try to return. Jameson Taillon continues to write a nice season in New York. Josh Bell cooled off in Washington. Pirates can take a break from the Rocky Mountains in the city.

Patric Hornqvist is struggling, as are his other Florida Panthers teammates.


No more Mike

Michael Vick will remain retired.

The former Steelers general announced that he will not return to play in the Fan Controlled Football League. There was a Reuters report on Friday that Vic was about to return to the pitch. But the four-time Pro Bowler put that conversation to bed via Twitter on Sunday.

Fan Controlled Football is an eight-team league played in a single 50-yard indoor arena in Atlanta. It’s a form of seven vs. seven and fans call it games.

Reuters reported that Fan Controlled Football has 12 million viewers on Twitch, Peacock, NBCLX, DAZN and fubo Sports Network.


Easier way forward?

After being swept home by the Cardinals of St. Louis over the weekend, the load may be a little lighter for the Pirates in their next round.

The Colorado Rockies are in town for three games – Monday through Wednesday. The Rockies have lost 10 of their last 13 games. Their record went from 16-11 to 19-21 at that time. They have lost five consecutive series from the Diamondbacks, Royals, Giants, Royals and Mets.

Colorado is now in last place in the National League West, eight games behind the top Los Angeles Dodgers.

In terms of allowed lanes, Colorado has yielded 218. The Pirates (221) and the Cincinnati Reds (219) are the only teams in Major League Baseball that allow more.

Colorado scores a lot, eighth in the MLB with 190 runs. However, the Rocky Mountains are terribly far from Coors Field. It is 5-10 on the road. This is the lowest number of road wins in the National League.


JMo’s mojo

Jameson Taillon continues his good season with the New York Yankees.

The former Pirates pitch made seven appearances, allowing only one streak to be won during the 3-1 defeat by the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

It was not Taillon who lost. It was Aroldis Chapman who came out of the bulb. It allowed this home game to AJ Pollock in the ninth inning with the game tied at 1-1.

Chapman would allow another streak after that, as the White Sox pulled out the Bronx victory in the first game of a biceps.

Taillon is now 4-1 with 2.95 ERA. He had seven hits and just one walk on Sunday. His sum for a walk in 2022 is 34: 5.

In the night championship, Chicago won 5-0 to take the series 2-1.


I can not ring the bell

One former pirate who suddenly gets into trouble is Josh Bell.

Just on May 3, Bell was hitting 0.366. After 0 for 5 in Milwaukee on Sunday, the average of the first Nationals key fell to 0.291.

The knocker switch is at a 0-for-22 drop. Surprisingly, Bell only has four trips a year. For the entire month of May, Bell has only three off-field hits – two home runs and one double.


Hornqvist is fighting

Part of the reason the Florida Panthers have so much trouble with the Tampa Bay Lightning is that Patric Hornqvist can’t find the net.

So far in the playoffs, Hornqvist has only scored one goal in nine games. He also has only one assist. In Sunday’s 5-1 defeat, Hornqvist was minus-2 on penalties.

Hornqvist has no points so far in the series against the Lightning and Tampa is now leading 3-0.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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