3:35 AM EST, Tue January 21, 2020
7 hours ago

Atlanta Braves add royalty to rotation mix in King Felix Hernandez

King Felix is heading to a new kingdom, as the one time Seattle Mariners ace has signed a one year deal with the Atlanta Braves. The past few years have been a struggle for Felix Hernandez. The one time ace of the Seattle Mariners, Hernandez struggled as his innings caught up to him, the zip […] Atlanta Braves add royalty to rotation mix in King Felix Hernandez - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
8 hours ago

MLB Hall of Fame: Don’t bet on the ineligible becoming eligible

Those ineligible players having a chance to become eligible for the MLB Hall of Fame? Don’t bet on it. As of Sunday morning when I sat down to write, the MLB Hall of Fame Vote Tracker showed three players (Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Curt Schilling) having more than enough to qualify for Cooperstown on the […] MLB Hall of Fame: Don’t bet on the ineligible becoming eligible - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
9 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals: Carlos Martinez back to the rotation?

The St. Louis Cardinals will enter 2020 with myriad options for their pitching staff and virtually nothing set. There are currently a couple of pitchers – who spent last season as relievers – and currently hovering between the rotation and bullpen. The most prominent of which is undoubtedly Carlos Martinez. Once heralded as the rightful […] St. Louis Cardinals: Carlos Martinez back to the rotation? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
11 hours ago

Colorado Rockies: Understanding who’s running my team

One of a series of articles looking at the front office structure of each major league team. Let’s take a closer look at the Colorado Rockies. Colorado Rockies Owners: Charles and Richard Monfort Executive Vice President and General Manager: Jeff Bridich Charles Monfort made his money in meatpacking along the Front Range of the Rockies […] Colorado Rockies: Understanding who’s running my team - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
12 hours ago

MLB Hall of Fame: Larry Walker’s fading hopes

Larry Walker is currently at 85% of the vote to be enshrined in the MLB Hall of Fame, but the math moving forward is not favorable. Less than 48 hours before announcement of the honorees, Larry Walker’s MLB Hall of Fame candidacy is alive. Based on results revealed to date by the Baseball Hall of […] MLB Hall of Fame: Larry Walker’s fading hopes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
14 hours ago

Detroit Tigers: Understanding who’s running my team

One of a series of articles looking at the front office structure of each major league team. Let’s take a closer look at the Detroit Tigers. Detroit Tigers Owner: Christopher Illitch Executive Vice President and General Manager: Al Avila Illitch became the owner of the Detroit Tigers when his father, Mike Illitch, died in 2017. […] Detroit Tigers: Understanding who’s running my team - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
17 hours ago

Oakland Athletics: Could Kyler Murray Play in the NFL and MLB simultaneously?

The Oakland Athletics may still get to have Kyler Murra in their organization. Today, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are preparing to face off in the Super Bowl.  Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is preparing for his offseason and made headlines when he told the Arizona Republic that he thinks he could […] Oakland Athletics: Could Kyler Murray Play in the NFL and MLB simultaneously? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
18 hours ago

A Phillies key: Coach Price and the rotation’s back end?

While the Phillies rotation in 2020 isn’t set in stone, the season will start with important interactions between Bryan Price and three weak starters. While a number Philadelphia Phillies fans are still hoping for the late holiday gift of a good starting pitcher, there have been a number of indicators the team will once again […] A Phillies key: Coach Price and the rotation’s back end? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
20 hours ago

Houston Astros Scandal: PointsBet refunds New York Yankees’ tickets

The punishment for the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal has sent shockwaves through baseball this week.  Now, gamblers who lost on New York Yankees futures are feeling some relief. By now we are all familiar with the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal and Jose Altuve‘s trash can aided walk off home run against the New York Yankees […] Houston Astros Scandal: PointsBet refunds New York Yankees’ tickets - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
21 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays: Brent Honeywell throwing once again

Tampa Bay Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell is moving ever closer to a return to the mound. It has been over two years since Brent Honeywell set foot on the mound in a game. One of the Tampa Bay Rays top prospects, Honeywell has endured the wrath of the injury bug over the past two […] Tampa Bay Rays: Brent Honeywell throwing once again - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 19, 2020

MLB: A Congressman wants Astrogate hearings. Oh, swell.

Once again, Congress is looking to get involved in MLB scandals. This time, they want hearings regarding the Houston Astros and AstroGate. Remember Ronald Reagan’s crack about the worst thing you could hear being, “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help?” You may want to keep it in mind over Astrogate, now, […] MLB: A Congressman wants Astrogate hearings. Oh, swell. - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 18, 2020

Who’s running my team: The Cleveland Indians

One of a series of articles looking at the front office structure of each major league team. Today, we look at the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland Indians Owner: Lawrence Dolan President of Baseball Operations: Chris Antonetti General Manager: Michael Chernoff Dolan paid $323 million for the Indians in 2000, buying the team from long-time owner Dick […] Who’s running my team: The Cleveland Indians - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 18, 2020

An open letter to the MLB commissioner’s office

An open letter on how the MLB ruined the spirit and fairness of America’s past time for one young journalist, broadcaster and fan. Dear MLB commissioner’s office, I don’t think I have ever been more upset about the proceedings over the last few months regarding the game I love so much. But it is only […] An open letter to the MLB commissioner’s office - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 18, 2020

MLB: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens HOF prospects

Analyzing the prospects for the Hall of Fame candidacies of former MLB players Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens to make gains when results come on Tuesday. In the final days before Tuesday’s announcement of the results of voting for the 2020’s MLB Hall of Fame (HOF) class, the math doesn’t look good for advocates of […] MLB: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens HOF prospects - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 18, 2020

Atlanta Braves: Why Can’t Ozzie Albies Go Right?

Atlanta Braves 2B Ozzie Albies is one of the most talented young players in all of baseball.  So why can’t one of the best young stars in MLB go to his right? When you talk about the success of the Atlanta Braves, Ozzie Albies is quick to be mentioned in the same breath as guys […] Atlanta Braves: Why Can’t Ozzie Albies Go Right? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More