5:01 PM EDT, Sat September 26, 2020
1 hour ago

Los Angeles Angels completely wasted Mike Trout’s first decade

For a myriad of reasons, the Los Angeles Angels have completely wasted Mike Trout’s 20s. In virtually any other sport, having the greatest player in the game equates to success. The postseason is predetermined, and it is likely that one will advance for a round or two. Sometimes the role players around that star catch […] Los Angeles Angels completely wasted Mike Trout’s first decade - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
3 hours ago

Houston Astros: Dusty Baker makes history with playoff berth

The Houston Astros had to claw their way into the postseason, but it was a historical moment nonetheless. Dusty Baker was seemingly a caretaker for the Houston Astros. Following the revelations of AstroGate, and the ignoble departures of AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, Baker was the perfect person to oversee 2020. He is a respected […] Houston Astros: Dusty Baker makes history with playoff berth - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
5 hours ago

Miami Marlins: Brandon Kintzler back from the depths of despair

The Miami Marlins are in the playoffs for the first time since 2003 and their closer Brandon Kintzler has been a big part of the resurgence. Alright, the term despair may be a little much to describe where Brandon Kintzler found himself a few years back. He wasn’t at rock bottom. Where he is now […] Miami Marlins: Brandon Kintzler back from the depths of despair - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
6 hours ago

Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez news is huge on multiple fronts

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mend. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez recently received some positive news after missing the 2020 season due to a scary heart condition. According to Ian Browne of MLB.com, Rodriguez has been cleared to resume very light workout activities within the next few weeks. First […] Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez news is huge on multiple fronts - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
8 hours ago

MLB commish Rob Manfred is right: Let fans in where possible

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s post-season proposal is good for the game MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been taking a lot of heat lately, including on this site, for his proposal to permit fans to attend post-season games where permitted by local authorities. My colleague Sean Millerick is among the critiques, laying out a three-pronged case […] MLB commish Rob Manfred is right: Let fans in where possible - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
9 hours ago

Houston Astros postseason hopes may have taken a direct hit

The Houston Astros hopes for the playoffs may have taken a hit with the news that Josh James has been placed in quarantine. The Houston Astros were already considered to be one of the weaker teams heading into the postseason. They have struggled to remain over .500 this year, and actually needed to fend off […] Houston Astros postseason hopes may have taken a direct hit - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

Miami Marlins Beat Braves, Break A Decade Long Streak

No matter how the rest of the season plays out, the Miami Marlins just did something they haven’t done in a decade. It’s no secret that it’s been awhile since the Miami Marlins last stepped foot on the MLB postseason stage. However, even if Miami ends up missing out on the playoffs, there are still […] Miami Marlins Beat Braves, Break A Decade Long Streak - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

Los Angeles Angels: Can Mike Trout and the Halos pull off a miracle?

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels still have a shot at a playoff berth. As the regular season comes to a close, Mike Trout has a small chance to lead his team to the playoffs. The eight-time All-Star has not been to the playoffs since 2014, where the Los Angeles Angels were swept by the […] Los Angeles Angels: Can Mike Trout and the Halos pull off a miracle? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

Top three reasons fans at MLB playoffs are a terrible idea

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says fans will be allowed at the NLCS and World Series: for at least three reasons, it’s a terrible idea. And just like that, there is less than a week to go in the 2020 MLB season. More to the point, less than a week to go in a complete 2020 MLB […] Top three reasons fans at MLB playoffs are a terrible idea - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

Cincinnati Reds: Introducing your 2020 NL Cy Young, Trevor Bauer

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer should be the 2020 NL Cy Young winner. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer throws weighted baseballs 115 times every day. He nearly sawed his finger off before a playoff game. He chucked a baseball over the centerfield fence – from the mound – before being removed from a game. Filled with […] Cincinnati Reds: Introducing your 2020 NL Cy Young, Trevor Bauer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

2020 MLB playoffs: One X-factor for each American League team

With the 2020 MLB playoffs set to begin on September 29th, here is one x-factor for each AL team to watch out for. Get ready to throw the records out and prepare for a MLB playoff season like we have never seen before when postseason play begins on Tuesday, September 29th. Entering play on Friday, […] 2020 MLB playoffs: One X-factor for each American League team - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 25, 2020

Kansas City Royals: Time to retire Alex Gordon’s number

In the wake of Alex Gordon’s retirement announcement, it is a matter of time before his number is retired by the Kansas City Royals. George Brett. Frank White. Dick Howser. Those three are the only members of the Kansas City Royals organization to ever have their numbers retired. Brett and White were franchise icons, spending […] Kansas City Royals: Time to retire Alex Gordon’s number - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 24, 2020

New York Yankees: How a playoff bubble could tank World Series hopes

Here’s why the New York Yankees will not be a factor in a playoff bubble. For the New York Yankees, a couple of mid-season adjustments to the 2020 Postseason could play a major factor in the team failing to obtain their 28th World Title. The most important of these factors is the institution of a […] New York Yankees: How a playoff bubble could tank World Series hopes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 24, 2020

Is the Cincinnati Reds Pitching Staff World Series Bound?

The Cincinnati Reds currently sit as the eighth and final seed in the NL postseason standings. Currently, the Cincinnati Reds are close to a .500 ballclub at 29-28, sitting third in the NL Central Division but as the eighth seed in the expanded NL postseason standings. Besides the expanded postseason format and Wild Card spot, […] Is the Cincinnati Reds Pitching Staff World Series Bound? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 24, 2020

Phillies formal welcome to Joe Girardi a late-day gut punch

The Philadelphia Phillies finally welcomed their first-year manager Joe Girardi in a way all too familiar to those in the know about the local sports scene. Some Phillies fans probably scratched their heads at the title above. Wait, they likely thought, Joe Girardi’s been here since this weird season began, even in spring training. Didn’t […] Phillies formal welcome to Joe Girardi a late-day gut punch - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More