5:51 PM EDT, Thu March 21, 2019
1 hour ago

Seattle Mariners: Why Ichiro is the Real Hit King

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki retired from Major League Baseball on Thursday night in Tokyo, Japan. He exited the game in the 8th inning to a huge ovation and teammates like Dee Gordon and rookie Yusei Kikuchi in tears. Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki had a lot of great moments in his career, but it […] Seattle Mariners: Why Ichiro is the Real Hit King - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
2 hours ago

Kansas City Royals: Turning Ian Kennedy into a Fireman

Look closer at Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy’s advanced metrics and you’ll find that the former starter could make a resurgence as a relief ace. Amidst the flurry of extensions handed out to young stars over the past few days, you probably missed that Ian Kennedy will no longer be pitching out of the […] Kansas City Royals: Turning Ian Kennedy into a Fireman - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
4 hours ago

Cleveland Indians: The Past, Present and Future of Josh Tomlin

One of the beautiful aspects of sports is the ability one has to be able to root for one’s own team. As a Cleveland Indians fan, Josh Tomlin made it easier for me to root for the “Tribe.” Sure, plenty of us fans love to see the best players on the biggest stage, no matter […] Cleveland Indians: The Past, Present and Future of Josh Tomlin - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
5 hours ago

MLB: Players Who Played at Least 20-Years with One Team

Mike Trout’s new contract could make him a 20-season veteran with the Angels. If he gets there, he’ll join an elite roster of some of the all-time greats in MLB. With his agreement to a 12-year, $430 million contract extension, Mike Trout has set himself on a course that will eventually lead to a rare […] MLB: Players Who Played at Least 20-Years with One Team - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
7 hours ago

Seattle Mariners: Sayōnara Ichiro Suzuki San

Ichiro Suzuki has been a staple in MLB since his rookie season with the Seattle Mariners in 2001. On Thursday, he officially announced his retirement in his native Japan. While the 2-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics was mostly a dud, thankfully, most will remember the series as the last for […] Seattle Mariners: Sayōnara Ichiro Suzuki San - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
8 hours ago

Fantasy Baseball: Top 25 Outfielders for 2019

Who are the top 25 outfielders to own in fantasy baseball going into the 2019 season? We’ve reached the outfield portion of our fantasy baseball preview for 2019. Today we are going to look at the top outfielders to own. If you’ve missed any of our other position previews, you can find them here. Since […] Fantasy Baseball: Top 25 Outfielders for 2019 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
10 hours ago

Cincinnati Reds: Chuck Harmon passes away at 94 years old

Chuck Harmon, the Cincinnati Reds first African-American player, passed away on Tuesday. He was 94 years old. Every one of the original 16 major league franchises had their trailblazer, the first African-American player to suit up for their teams. From the days of Jackie Robinson blazing a trail that others would follow in 1947, to […] Cincinnati Reds: Chuck Harmon passes away at 94 years old - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
11 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays starting to lock up core with Brandon Lowe

The Tampa Bay Rays are beginning to lock up their future core. Brandon Lowe may only be the beginning. Once the 2020 season passes, the Tampa Bay Rays will have a great deal of financial flexibility. Kevin Kiermaier had been the only player with a guaranteed contract beyond that season, giving the Rays a chance […] Tampa Bay Rays starting to lock up core with Brandon Lowe - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
23 hours ago

Mike Trout: Revisiting the 2009 MLB Draft

With the 25th pick in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim select….Mike Trout, Outfielder from New Jersey. The MLB amateur draft is a fickle business.  Of the four major sports, it is likely the one draft that is most difficult to get right.  When you consider that future Hall […] Mike Trout: Revisiting the 2009 MLB Draft - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

Milwaukee Brewers possibly looking to add to bullpen buzzsaw

The Milwaukee Brewers already have one of the best bullpens in the game. And they may be looking to add another arm. Right now, the Milwaukee Brewers already have one of the best bullpens in the game. With the trio of Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, and Corey Knebel, the game is typically over once it […] Milwaukee Brewers possibly looking to add to bullpen buzzsaw - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

Astros: Alex Bregman Extension a Rarity in Baseball

On Tuesday, the Houston Astros and Alex Bregman capped off the busiest day of the Spring in MLB. Why Bregman’s extension is rare in baseball and perhaps even an up and coming trend. It was only a week ago when Houston Astros 3B expressed his disappointment with the team’s contract renewal. At the time, it […] Astros: Alex Bregman Extension a Rarity in Baseball - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

New York Yankees: Luis Cessa has one last chance to impress

The New York Yankees have given Luis Cessa plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent on the bump but each time, he’s floundered. He has to make the most when given his next shot at a starting role. There are some players in the MLB that frequently disappoint fans no matter how many opportunities they […] New York Yankees: Luis Cessa has one last chance to impress - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

White Sox: 8 Misconceptions About The Black Sox Scandal

In the centennial season of the worst scandal in MLB and White Sox history, a SABR research panel recalibrates popular public misimpressions about the Black Sox scandal. In the entirety of MLB and White Sox history, the 1919 Black Sox scandal remains the biggest and best-known stain on baseball’s reputation. The story of how eight […] White Sox: 8 Misconceptions About The Black Sox Scandal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

Los Angeles Angels: Andrelton Simmons wants extension

With Mike Trout set to be a member of the Los Angeles Angels for the foreseeable future, another player is looking for a long term deal. The Los Angeles Angels are in the process of locking in their core for the long term. Mike Trout will be a member of the franchise through 2030, signing […] Los Angeles Angels: Andrelton Simmons wants extension - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 20, 2019

Phillies: In-depth rotation strategy for April and July

While the Phillies front office is now revealing their plan for the five-man staff by their moves, their faithful supporters are focusing on a missing piece and expressing their doubts for success.   Emerging answers: For Philadelphia Phillies execs, 2019’s blueprint for the rotation has its monetary exceptions, but many franchises would also accept a similar […] Phillies: In-depth rotation strategy for April and July - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More