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Name: Call to the Pen
Description: Covers baseball in general for FanSided MLB
URL: http://calltothepen.com
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Related Sports(s): Baseball
Date Added: 2011-11-02 20:45:08
  
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NL Central: Can Anyone Catch the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs currently have the biggest division lead in baseball and are the only team that is leading by double digits. However, with so much of the season left to play, is there a chance another team in the NL Central can catch them? There...


Kansas City Royals: Kendrys Morales in Right Field?

The Kansas City Royals have suffered multiple big injuries this season, with Mike Moustakas out for the year and Alex Gordon having missed nearly a month. Just recently they placed Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list. These injuries have forced the...


Atlanta Braves to open New Stadium on April 13th

The Atlanta Braves will leave Turner Field at the end of the 2016 season and open SunTrust Park on April 13th vs the San Diego Padres. Despite a rough season so far in 2016, the Atlanta Braves have a minor league system and a brand new park in th...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw to the DL

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is going on the disabled list with a back injury, throwing a huge wrench into the team’s already injury-riddled season. A couple of days ago, news broke about Clayton Kershaw having a sore back, which...


Chicago Cubs: No Need To Worry Jason Heyward Will Turn Around

Despite his early struggles during the 2016 campaign all signs point to an uptick in production from Jason Heyward  with the Chicago Cubs. Many pundits and bloggers have attempted to nitpick to find flaws with the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs...


New York Yankees: Trade Deadline Preview

What will the New York Yankees decide to do at the trade deadline? They say that pride comes before a fall. In the New York Yankees case, pride is making their fall worse. Team ownership pride is getting in the way of realizing that the product o...


Pittsburgh Pirates: Mark Melancon could be potential trade chip

After a brutal June, the Pittsburgh Pirates might be thinking more seriously about selling at the trade deadline. If they do, closer Mark Melancon could be put on the market. The Pittsburgh Pirates surely didn’t expect to be in their curren...


Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz Won’t Participate in the Home Run Derby

Though it would surely add some more memories to his final season, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is passing on the Home Run Derby. Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is having one of the best final seasons in the history of basebal...


Baltimore Orioles Tie Home Run Record in Month of June

The Baltimore Orioles have tied the record for most home runs hit in the month of June, with a game still to play. Christian Friedrich checked back at the runner on second base. Mark Trumbo stood 60.5 feet away, waiting for the pitch to come. Out...


Minor League Notes: New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge finds his power stroke

A New York Yankees prospect who is finding his power stroke and a dominant Double-A pitching rotation highlight this week’s minor league notes. (Note: All stats entering Wednesday unless noted otherwise.) After the 2015 season, New York Yan...


MLB: Congress Introduces Bill to “Save” Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Congress has introduced legislation designed to exempt MLB from federal labor laws, including minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. In a big win for MLB, Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Il...


Cubs, Cardinals Play With Two Balls at Same Time

There are times when it is difficult enough to follow the action on the diamond with just one ball in play. Imagine if a second live ball was also in use during those moments. That scenario happened on this day in 1959 in a game between the Cubs ...


Toronto Blue Jays’ bats now carrying team, not pitching

After only reaching double digits in runs scored during a game twice in April and May, Toronto Blue Jays players’ bats are beginning to pick up where they left off in 2015. The club scored over a hundred runs — 891 in all — more...


Philadelphia Phillies: Mark Appel’s Season is Over

This past offseason the Philadelphia Phillies bought low on former number one overall pick Mark Appel in the Ken Giles deal with Houston. On Wednesday, it was announced that Appel will have season-ending elbow surgery to remove a bone spur in hi...


AL Central: Greatest Individual Season In Each Team’s History

Four of the five franchises in the American League’s Central Division were founding members of the AL. That’s a lot of history and countless historic seasons. Which ones were the greatest of all-time in the AL Central? The month of June has d...


MLB: Five Trade Destinations for Sean Doolittle

As the MLB trade deadline draws near, one of the top commodities will be late-inning relief help. One potential option? Oakland Athletics lefty Sean Doolittle. With just over a month until the MLB trade deadline, teams have been inquiring on left...


Minnesota Twins: Byung-Ho Park boosting team’s international profile

Minnesota Twins 1B/DH Byung-ho Park may be struggling, but he has unlocked a whole new fanbase for the small-market club in his native Korea. Baseball is an increasingly global game, and Major League Baseball is always looking to expand its reach...


MLB: Lenny Dykstra Reveals How He Got His PEDs

Former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra recounts his MLB career in his new book, including how he acquired performance-enhancing substances. Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra said he felt like he had...


NL East Notes: Lucas Giolito Shines in Debut

The debut of top prospect Lucas Giolito headlines the latest noteworthy happenings in the NL East. The bright lights were placed squarely on Lucas Giolito Tuesday night and he turned in a rather impressive big league debut. Considered to be the t...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw may miss next start

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw may miss his next start because of back soreness. The Los Angeles Dodgers enter Wednesday six games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, in large part thanks to the stability given...


Chicago White Sox Trade Deadline Overview

The White Sox fast start in 2016 has faded quickly, but their GM still says they’re in buyer mode. Should they be? And who should they be pursuing? On May 9th, the Chicago White Sox pulled out a 10-inning victory over the Texas Rangers to run t...


Oakland Athletics: Rookie Daniel Mengden Off to Hot Start

Much of the talk regarding the Oakland Athletics pitching staff this season has been centered on Sonny Gray and Rich Hill for various reasons. But Oakland has a rookie who is proving he belongs in the Major Leagues. On July 23, 2015, the Oakland ...


MLB: Five Pitching Prospects Ready to Make an Impact

Who are five pitching prospects that are ready to come up and make an impact in MLB? As we get closer and closer to the All-Star game, MLB teams are less concerned about service time and when players are arbitration eligible. Lucas Giolito of the...


MLB All-Star Game Fan Vote Races

The starters for the MLB All-Star game are once again being chosen by fans, as they have for many years. The fans make some mistakes, but overall they tend to choose some of the best players in Major League Baseball to attend the game. This seaso...


Should The Chicago Cubs Be Worried About Addison Russell?

Ever since he arrived in July 2014, Addison Russell has been hyped as the shortstop of the future for the Chicago Cubs. The 2016 season has been a trying one for the young shortstop, so should the Cubs be concerned? Addison Russell arrived by way...


Minnesota Twins: Phil Hughes to have season ending surgery

 Minnesota Twins’ right hander Phil Hughes had struggled throughout the 2016 season. Now, his season is over. It was announced Tuesday night that Minnesota Twins’ right hander Phil Hughes would be undergoing season ending shoulder ...


Dodgers, Athletics Throw No Hitters on Same Day

Only once in Major League history had two no hitters been thrown on the same day. That is, until this day in 1990, when the Athletics Dave Stewart no hit the Blue Jays, and the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela no hit the Cardinals several hours later....


St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter, Still Underrated

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has been one of the better players in baseball the past year and a half, and he still isn’t getting his due. SportingNews.com recently released its list of the Top 50 MLB players as of right no...


New York Mets: Michael Conforto May File Grievance Through Players Union

Young New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto may file a grievance through the players union concerning his recent minor league demotion. New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was demoted to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas ...


New York Yankees: President Randy Levine Blasts the Media

New York Yankees president Randy Levine blasted the media when asked about the possibility of his team becoming “sellers” at the trade deadline. If he doesn’t want to be asked the question anymore, then the Yankees need to star...


MLB: Six Surging Sluggers Over the Last Month

Several MLB power hitters have overcome slow starts during the past month. Here are six sluggers who are heating up. Every year, there are MLB players who get off to slow starts. They stumble out of the gate, can’t hit a lick in April, continue...


Tampa Bay Rays Snap Losing Streak; Snell Earns 1st MLB Win

Blake Snell pitched into the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays offense came alive to help end the team’s 11-game losing streak. Tampa Bay’s next pitching prodigy, Blake Snell, was buoyed by an offensive outburst which allowed him to earn hi...


New York Yankees: Could Benching Alex Rodriguez Become Permanent?

Alex Rodriguez is struggling yet again in 2016, and with the New York Yankees eyeing a playoff return, benching Rodriguez against right-handers could soon become a routine move for manager Joe Girardi. In the midst of a season in which Alex Rodri...


Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez Optioned To Minors

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was heralded as one of the teams starting pitcher coming into the season once he returned from a knee injury. Since returning from that injury in late May, the left hander has struggled, including...


New York Mets: Syndergaard and Matz Injured, What Does it Mean?

The New York Mets have been competing with the likes of the Nationals and Marlins in a competitive NL East, but what significance will the most recent injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz have on the club? The Mets rotation was supposed...


Minnesota Twins Trade Deadline Preview

Over the course of this trade deadline series, there have been numerous teams on the fence regarding whether they should be buyers or sellers at the deadline. Well, not the Minnesota Twins. After a rough start to the season the Twins just haven&#...


Madison Bumgarner may be in lineup at Oakland

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy may opt to let Madison Bumgarner hit instead of using a DH later this week. The San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a four-game series against the Oakland A’s, with the first two games being pl...


Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant makes history in a Cubs win

Kris Bryant made both Chicago Cubs and major league history in an 11-8 Cubs victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night. Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant had quite a night in Cincinnati. He became the first major leaguer to hit three home runs and t...


AL West: Greatest Individual Season In Each Team’s History

In the American League, the West Division is the youngest in baseball, with just one team founded before 1961. But the AL West division has still had its share of legendary players and historical performances. Which ones were the greatest of all-...


AL East Still Difficult to Figure Out Going Forward

The AL East has been one of the most interesting divisions, if not the most interesting, because of how truly unusual the race is. Coming into the year, there was no consensus on who would win the division, and almost three months into the season...


Washington Nationals: Trea Turner to centerfield?

Could the Washington Nationals get creative and use top prospect Trea Turner in centerfield to get him in the lineup? The Washington Nationals appear to be very happy with Danny Espinosa at short. After struggling the first two months of the year...


New York Mets Steven Matz Has Impressive Debut

The New York Mets have quite a stockpile of young arms in the Majors. Steven Matz added to that collection when he had a truly impressive debut on this day last year. Steven Matz had attracted a lot of attention heading into the 2015 season. Afte...


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