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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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Tension, lack of communication lead to Astros’ firing of manager Bo Porter

Just days ago, on August 29, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that there was tension brewing between the Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and the team’s manager Bo Porter in his column Just a Bit Outside. Sources: #Astros‘ P...

Nathan Orf, Milwaukee Brewers prospect, plays all nine positions

Nathan Orf, a minor league prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, did something rarely seen in a baseball game: Orf played all nine positions in the same game.  He started the game for the Class-A Brevard County Manatees behind the plate before mov...

John Lackey had a problem with Starlin Castro

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has always been known as a fierce competitor. Recall when Lackey was with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and manager Mike Scioscia went to pull Lackey from a game. If you’re a lip reader and was wa...

Aroldis Chapman and his fastball in line to make baseball history

When the Cincinnati Reds signed pitcher Aroldis Chapman, some eyebrows were raised. One, the Reds weren’t one of the supposed teams that had the means to ink the talented, flame-throwing Cuban. Another was that Chapman provided an interesti...

Toronto Blue Jays acquire John Mayberry Jr.

According to a tweet from Shi Davidi, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired John Mayberry, Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies. In exchange, the Phillies receive minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre. Not a blockbuster, I know. In fact, you wonder w...

While Most Zig, the Cubs Zag

Most Major League front offices (especially those that reside in smaller markets) believe that the best way to build a winner is by developing young pitching from within. The Rays have been one of the most successful teams in baseball because of ...

Oakland Athletics: Can they comeback from their August slide and win the West (again)?

It’s been 14 straight months of regular season baseball since the Oakland Athletics have had a losing record. That streak ended Saturday night as they lost their third straight game to the Los Angeles Angels. Even if they win Sunday on Augu...

Orioles acquire pair for playoff run

The Baltimore Orioles currently lead the American League East by eight full games. The division is clearly theirs to lose and to prevent that, the O’s went and snagged a pair of veterans. In two separate deals, Baltimore acquired Alejandro ...

Milwaukee Brewers acquire Jonathan Broxton from Cincinnati

Ken Rosenthal might be a busy guy today. He has this… Source: #Reds trade Broxton to #Brewers. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2014 One area that team will always look to improve as they hit September (and providing they are i...

Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is headed to Oakland

Early Sunday morning it was reported by both FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Athletics were close to a deal that would bring slugger Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox. Source: #A...

Jacoby Ellsbury injury putting Yankees season in doubt?

During the past winter, the New York Yankees went and plucked another Boston Red Sox player in Jacoby Ellsbury. Folks were a bit stunned at what the Yankees gave for the center fielder: 7 years for $153M, plus a club option for the 2021 season. B...

Jake Peavy records 2,000th strikeout

Jake Peavy reached a pitching milestone in the San Francisco Giants’ 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Peavy recorded his 2,000th strikeout, good for 71st on the all-time strikeout list. Peavy is the fifth active pitcher with 2,00...

Mariners on the Rise

Since their historic 116 win season in 2001, the Seattle Mariners have failed to qualify for the postseason. Having not won a pennant in franchise history it is still safe to say that, even so, the Mariners have had a great deal of success over t...

Do not discount them New York Yankees quite yet

When was it? I don’t remember the exact date, but do fondly recollect Christoper Russo, who host the controversial hour-long MLB Network show High Heat, boldly proclaim the New York Yankees season was finished. This drivel was spewed some t...

Jay Bruce is well aware of his 2014 performance

Per his blog, Mark My Word, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon provides some insightful quotes from Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Not a single Reds fan, including myself, can begin to deny that Bruce is suffering a substantially subpar seaso...

Rusney Castillo set for minor league debut

In what has been a rather depressing season in Boston, the Red Sox will soon be unveiling their new shiny toy: Rusney Castillo. A decision was made to push back Castillo’s minor league debut by a day. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tells...

Pirates’ Josh Harrison is Pirates most valuable player

The other day, CttP’s Timmy Kennedy took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates and their outlook for making the postseason. Within his piece, he noted some of the contributions of super-utilityman Josh Harrison. Sometimes we see “MVP”...

Los Angeles Dodgers use extreme shift against San Diego Padres with bases loaded

Defensive shifts are now a regular thing in baseball. Seeing the second baseman playing in the right field grass and the shortstop on the right side of the infield is nothing new. However, last night the Los Angeles Dodgers deployed the king of a...


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