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Name: Call to the Pen
Description: Covers baseball in general for FanSided MLB
URL: http://calltothepen.com
RSS Feeds: Baseball - http://calltothepen.com/feed/
Related Team(s): General
Related Sports(s): Baseball
Date Added: 2011-11-02 20:45:08
  
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St. Louis Cardinals History: Sammy Baugh Signed to Play Short

Sammy Baugh made his name in the NFL, where he became a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Redskins. Before then, he played a year of baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. In 1937, Sammy Baugh already made a name for himself as a rooki...


MLB: The Three Best Number-Five Starting Pitchers in Baseball

When we discuss pitching in MLB we often limit ourselves to the aces that baseball has to offer. While being the ace of a team is special, there are some great number-five starting pitchers as well. We all love the aces of MLB: the Clayton Kersha...


Minnesota Twins All-Time 25-Man Roster

The Minnesota Twins have a long organizational history, but who are the best players for a roster since the team moved to Minnesota? While the Minnesota Twins have perhaps fallen on some hard times of late, they have a long and storied history in...


Rick Ankiel Battled Anxiety While Playing in the Majors, As Do Others

Rick Ankiel recently opened up about drinking vodka before games to help his anxiety while playing. His is not the only story of mental illness in MLB. Being a Major League Baseball player is not always easy. There are the pressures to get better...


Phillies 2017: Who Leads in the Clubhouse?

The Philadelphia Phillies remain a team building back toward contention, and clubhouse leadership roles remain in flux. It’s a question that, for a few years now, has had no legitimate answer: Who is the Philadelphia Phillies’ clubhou...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Sorting Through the Outfield Logjam

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been known for having too many bodies for their outfield in the past few seasons. It is time they finally agree upon a lineup without randomly shuffling every day. Most teams are exhausted after having to deal with on...


Baltimore Orioles Re-Sign Michael Bourn

The Baltimore Orioles have brought back outfielder Michael Bourn on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Baltimore Orioles must have liked what they saw out of outfielder Michael Bourn last season. According to Roch Kub...


Washington Nationals Agree to Sign Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have reportedly come to terms with catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year deal with a 2018 player option. It took until Spring Training, but Matt Wieters finally has a new home. And he doesn’t have to move very far. Acc...


Brewers Optimistic Eric Thames’ Power Will Translate to MLB

One of the biggest buy-low, question mark free agents of the offseason was former outfielder Eric Thames, who spent the last three seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. The Brewers decided to take a chance on Thames, signing him to a thre...


Arizona Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller Ready for Redemption in 2017

Following a disappointing season, amplified by a questionable trade, Shelby Miller enters Spring Training with the Arizona Diamondbacks resolved to be better in 2017. With a refreshed mindset, Shelby Miller is determined to not be remembered for ...


MLB: Updated 2017 Playoff Predictions

Nearly three months ago I put together my very early 2017 playoff predictions. Now, with the off-season practically over, and spring training underway, lets look at the changes from then to now. Predicting the MLB playoffs so soon can be a risky ...


Fantasy Baseball: The Top 25 outfielders for 2017

Who are the top 25 outfielders for 2017 Fantasy Baseball? Over the next few weeks here at Call to the Pen, we are going to get you ready for your 2017 fantasy baseball draft. In this space, I’ve done some prospect diving, talking about prospect...


Kansas City Royals: At Ten Years, Let Eric Hosmer Walk

Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal wrote about the impending free agency of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer following the 2017 season, and what they think he’ll be expecting when he hits the market. The Kansas City Royals are expecting t...


Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito In the Right Place

Last season, Lucas Giolito was concerned with staying in the Majors after each start. Now with the Chicago White Sox, he is in the right place to develop. One could certainly consider the Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox to be polar opp...


Yankees History: Yogi Berra’s Vote of Confidence

George Steinbrenner changed managers the way that some people change their socks. On this day in 1985, he swore that Yankees manager Yogi Berra would get a full season no matter what. For most of the first two decades that he owned the New York Y...


2017 World Baseball Classic Preview and Predictions

With the 2017 World Baseball Classic coming up, all eyes will be on baseball as it hits the global stage. Here is a look at what is to come. This year, the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic will be taking place. In just a few weeks, 16...


New York Yankees Agree to Sign Jon Niese

Looking for some last-minute pitching depth, the Yankees have reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with veteran lefty Jon Niese. The New York Yankees are taking a chance on another veteran pitcher. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Po...


Detroit Tigers: Will Omar Infante Compete for Center Field Job?

Veteran infielder Omar Infante is now in his third stint with the Detroit Tigers organization. The veteran infielder is reportedly hoping to get a look in center field. Last December, the Detroit Tigers signed Omar Infante to a minor league deal....


Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria Ready to Move On

Evan Longoria was “surprised and upset” when teammate Logan Forsythe was traded. Now that spring training has opened, Longoria likes where the Rays are heading. It was a bromance like no other. Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe were ha...


Baltimore Orioles Acquire Vidal Nuño from Los Angeles Dodgers

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a minor-league pitcher. In an effort to add pitching depth at the start of spring training, the Baltimore Orioles traded for Vidal Nuno, ...


Phillies: Unpacking the Talent in Camp

With the first televised game less than a week away, you can reacquaint yourself with spring cliches and understand the decisions the Philadelphia Phillies will make before Opening Day.   Paradoxes in March:  At times, a duality can appear ...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Solving the Starting Rotation Mess

You hear about positional logjams a lot in sports but if you want to truly understand one, just look at the Los Angeles Dodgers and their starting rotation. It is considered one of the biggest logjams around the league and will require creativity...


San Diego Padres: Jered Weaver Brings No. 27 to New Club

Jared Weaver is donning a new jersey and new number this season with the San Diego Padres. With his transition to the National League where pitchers get to hit, he hopes changing to No. 27 will help him be like Mike Trout at the plate.    Follo...


Colorado Rockies: Will Nolan Arenado Win First MVP Award in 2017?

Is the 2017 MLB season the year when Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado wins his first MVP Award? Talented third basemen are plentiful in the MLB. From the ageless Adrian Beltre to the boyish-faced, dreamy eyes of Kris Bryant, the hot corner is ...


Atlanta Braves: Can Matt Kemp Regain Old Form?

  Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp was once one of the most feared players in baseball. Having one of the best seasons of recent memory, Kemp arguably should have been NL MVP in 2011. However, since injury struck Kemp in 2012, he has not...


New York Yankees Shane Spencer: The Star that Never Was

For a month, Shane Spencer looked like a future star for the New York Yankees. Instead, he flamed out, becoming a part time player and making his last appearance in the Majors just six years later. Towards the end of the 1998 season, Shane Spence...


Chicago Cubs History: Lee Magee Released After Betting Against Team

Betting against one’s team is the cardinal sin in baseball. Chicago Cubs outfielder Lee Magee found that out on this day in 1920, when he was released after he admitting to betting against the Cincinnati Reds while playing for them. Gamblin...


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