10:42 PM EDT, Sat March 28, 2020
5 hours ago

Baltimore Orioles: In Cuba Henry Urrutia is baseball royalty

Recently, we caught up with former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia. Here’s what we learned about the member of Cuban baseball royalty. HIALEAH, FL – In Cuba the Urrutia family is considered baseball royalty. Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia‘s father, Ermidelio Urrutia who is the patriarch of the clan was a five-tool outfielder and a […] Baltimore Orioles: In Cuba Henry Urrutia is baseball royalty - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
6 hours ago

MLB: needs to televise Nippon Professional Baseball games

With MLB on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time, fans are chomping at the bit for live games. Time to televise the Nippon Professional Baseball games. The Nippon Professional Baseball League is set for live-action on April 24th. This is a good sign for American baseball, meaning there is hope there will be MLB […] MLB: needs to televise Nippon Professional Baseball games - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
7 hours ago

Houston Astros: Still lacking real Astrogate shame, apparently

The Houston Astros have no shame when it comes to their defiance in the wake of AstroGate. If the Houston Astros hoped the coronavirus pandemic and concurrent slowdown of baseball and much other American life would remove the Astrogate heat and taint, some associated with the team have peculiar ways of showing such hope. When […] Houston Astros: Still lacking real Astrogate shame, apparently - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
8 hours ago

Cincinnati Reds: The all-time tournament

Five World Series winners, among them the 1975-76 Big Red machine, compete for the title of best Cincinnati Reds club in history The Cincinnati Reds are professional baseball’s original franchises. Established in 1869 as the game’s first openly professional aggregation the Reds have played as a member of the National League continuously since the 1880s. […] Cincinnati Reds: The all-time tournament - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
10 hours ago

Phillies: Could the pandemic cost them J.T. Realmuto?

J.T. Realmuto will be a free agent this coming winter however much baseball is played this season. Could the pandemic situation cost Phillies his services? The Saturday paper sat in a tied-off transparent bag on the porch in the rain. The headlines weren’t good, and neither was the news about Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto […] Phillies: Could the pandemic cost them J.T. Realmuto? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
13 hours ago

MLB Games: Simulating opening weekend for the NL

The New York Mets make the biggest first impression, sweeping three MLB games from the champs. If you’re as much of a baseball fan as I am, this is a sad day. It’s supposed to be opening day, yet no MLB games are being played…nor is there any expectation when games might begin. The uncertainty […] MLB Games: Simulating opening weekend for the NL - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
15 hours ago

Baltimore Orioles: Team preview and prediction for 2020 season

Are the Baltimore Orioles in for another long season in 2020, or will we see progressive development of young talent and the shaping of a future contender? The Baltimore Orioles are undeniably a team in transition right now, but that doesn’t mean no positives can arise from this 2020 season. Are the O’s going to […] Baltimore Orioles: Team preview and prediction for 2020 season - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

Houston Astros: Jimmy Wynn, RIP—Living and learning

The Toy Cannon died at 78 Thursday. Jimmy Wynn wrestled with managers and himself until he settled into retirement, working for the Houston Astros. Jimmy Wynn probably deserved better in a still-impressive major league career. The not-so-tall outfielder with a powerful enough throwing arm, and a slightly more powerful stroke at the plate, died in […] Houston Astros: Jimmy Wynn, RIP—Living and learning - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

Los Angeles Angels: top 3 home run hitters in franchise history

The Los Angeles Angels have had some big-name power hitters in their history and today we rank to top three home run hitters of all-time. There is no easier way to put runs on the board than hitting a home run and no better way to get a crowd in the game than a mammoth […] Los Angeles Angels: top 3 home run hitters in franchise history - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

New York Yankees: Alexander Vargas, I want to be as good a Lindor or better

Today, we take a baseball journey with the future shortstop of the New York Yankees, the Matanzas, Cuba native, Alexander Vargas. HIALEAH, FL – Alexander Vargas signed in 2019 with the New York Yankees for $2.5M in international free agency and with that signing came lofty expectations. He is projected to be Gotham’s next great shortstop […] New York Yankees: Alexander Vargas, I want to be as good a Lindor or better - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

Chicago Cubs: The all-time tournament

A tournament pitting the eight greatest teams in Chicago Cubs history against one another. The format involves seven performance measures. The history of the Chicago Cubs franchise is not only the longest among major league teams –dating to the founding of the National League in 1876 – it’s also one of the most uneven. For […] Chicago Cubs: The all-time tournament - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

Cincinnati Reds: Pete Rose’s gambling activities exposed 31 years ago today

On this date 31 years ago, Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose’s gambling activities were exposed to the world. Let’s take a look at what happened. When Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose retired from the game as a player in 1986, his path to the Hall of Fame was pretty much in the books. To this […] Cincinnati Reds: Pete Rose’s gambling activities exposed 31 years ago today - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 27, 2020

Atlanta Braves: Bill Bartholomay, RIP – “At 91, I think he just got tired”

Bill Bartholomay, the man who moved the Braves to Atlanta, opened the southeast to the Show, but tried to commercialize Henry Aaron meeting Babe Ruth, dies in New York. The man who gave birth to the Atlanta Braves is dead. So is the man who tried to commercialize Hall of Famer Henry Aaron‘s catch and […] Atlanta Braves: Bill Bartholomay, RIP – “At 91, I think he just got tired” - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 26, 2020

Baltimore Orioles: The best player at every position

Today we take a deep dive into one of the storied franchises in MLB history, the Baltimore Orioles. Here’s the team’s definitive all-time lineup, ranked. Before officially becoming the Baltimore Orioles back in 1954, the team was one of the American League’s eight charter teams in 1901. Initially, the organization was known as the Milwaukee […] Baltimore Orioles: The best player at every position - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mar 26, 2020

Two Sport Stars: Danny Ainge trading lumber for the hardwood

Before Danny Ainge was hitting triples in the National Basketball Association, he was hitting triples in Major League Baseball. A highly touted athlete out of high school, Danny Ainge was drafted in the 15th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays were an expansion team in 1977 so their cabinets were barren of not […] Two Sport Stars: Danny Ainge trading lumber for the hardwood - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More