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Name: Call to the Pen
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Detroit Tigers 2017 Team Preview
The Detroit Tigers had an eerily silent offseason in the hopes that the status quo is sufficient for one more playoff push. If you don’t remember much about the Detroit Tigers this offseason, you are not alone. The Tigers essentially stood pat, hoping that a core of star players has enough left in the tank […] Detroit Tigers 2017 Team Preview -

Philadelphia Phillies: Where Does Freddy Galvis Fit in with Team’s Future?
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis no longer seems like a core member of the franchise’s future. What should the Phillies do with him? Now that Ryan Howard is gone, the longest-tenured player on the Philadelphia Phillies is shortstop Freddy Galvis. It’s a tough fact to swallow. The roster is devoid of nostalgia as all 2008 […]

Washington Nationals Closer Remains Secret For Now
The Washington Nationals have picked their closer to start the season, but they’re staying mum on the decision for the time being. Who is the likeliest choice? It’s a question that has run rampant ever since Mark Melancon signed with the San Francisco Giants: Who will be the Washington Nationals‘ closer in 2017? Free agents, […] Washington Nationals Clo...

Chicago White Sox: Who Should Replace Carlos Rodon?
Here’s a look at who should replace the injured Carlos Rodon in the Chicago White Sox rotation to start the season. Despite being projected to finish last in the AL Central and committed to a full rebuild, the Chicago White Sox had a clear-cut five-man starting rotation. Even after trading ace Chris Sale to the […] Chicago White Sox: Who Should Replace Carlos Ro...

Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez Complicating Fifth Starter Decision
Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez pitched six no-hit innings in his most recent Spring Training start. Not so long ago, it appeared that Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez might very well be headed for a bullpen job in 2017. After winning the AL ERA title in 2013 and having another nice campaign the following year, Sanchez […] Detroit Tigers: A...

College Baseball: Loyola Marymount Pitcher Throws Perfect Game Against BYU
Loyola Marymount pitcher, Cory Abbott, threw the first perfect game in school history on Saturday. Loyola Marymount is a small school in Los Angeles, California. They have fewer than 10,000 students, and their baseball team is not a powerhouse. As of March 23, Loyola Marymount only had an RPI of 96, the fourth best mark of […] College Baseball: Loyola...

Big Roster Test for Phillies GM
While spring stats count for some positions, MLB rules can force a general manager like Matt Klentak of the Philadelphia Phillies to make a decision that causes fans to shake their heads.   A Numerical Threesome: When it comes to logic, it mostly works if the thinker has all the facts because one unknown piece […] Big Roster Test for Phillies GM -

Houston Astros Rotation Still a Question Mark as Opening Day Approaches
All offseason there have been rumors surrounding the Houston Astros in the Jose Quintana sweepstakes, but as of right now it looks as the the Colombian left-hander is staying put in Chicago. With Collin McHugh set to open the season on the disabled list, who will fill out the rotation? The Houston Astros starting rotation […] Houston Astros Rotat...

Texas Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy Drop Extension Talks
New reports have surfaced that All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the Texas Rangers have dropped contract extension talks. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jonathan Lucroy said that discussions with the Texas Rangers about a possible contract extension have been tabled. While it is unknown whether or not the sides will attempt […] Texas Ran...

Call To The Pen Writer’s Complete MLB Dynasty Draft
Contributors from the Call To The Pen website recently drafted an MLB dynasty fantasy league. How did each team do? While MLB fantasy drafts are in full swing this weekend in preparation for the open of the MLB season on Sunday, April 2nd’s triple header for opening day. Call To The Pen contributors came up […] Call To The Pen Writer’s Complete MLB Dynasty Draft...

Yoan Moncada’s Long Journey to Chicago and Extreme Love of Twinkies
If you are reading this, it’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard at least something about Chicago White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. If you haven’t then you may be in the wrong place. Just about everyone who even remotely follows the game of baseball has heard his name whether it was when the Boston Red Sox […] Yoan Moncada’s Long Jou...

Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor Agree to Extension
Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 6-year, $49.5 million contract extension. A great move for both sides–Odor gets a payday, and the Rangers lock down an emerging star. The Texas Rangers finally pulled through with a contract extension for emerging second baseman, Rougned Odor. The two sides have agreed upon a […] Texas Range...

Cleveland Indians History: Get These Snakes Off This Train
If someone was to have created ‘Snakes on a Plane’ in the 1940’s, it would have been ‘Snakes on a Train.’ That situation happened on this day in 1947, when Cleveland Indians infielder Jackie Price let two snakes free on the train the team was travelling in. Chances are, even if one has not seen […] Cleveland Indians History: Get These Snakes...

Chicago White Sox: Matt Davidson Deserves Chance At DH
The Chicago White Sox need to see what they have in Matt Davidson and use him as their designated hitter. The Chicago White Sox have many holes to fill before returning to a playoff contender, but one they need to fill this year is at DH. Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier, and Avisail Garcia should all see […] Chicago White Sox: Matt Davidson Deserves Chance At DH -

MLB: Most Interesting Man in Baseball – Part III
Over the course of the past week or so, we have been trying to determine the Most Interesting Man in Baseball. In Part I of our series, we discussed what makes the Most Interesting Man in Baseball much harder to define than Best Player in Baseball and laid out the eight classic characters that fill […] MLB: Most Interesting Man in Baseball – Part III -

MLB Top Ten Outfield Prospects for 2017
With the season just around the corner, who are the top 10 outfield prospects in MLB? An Introduction These lists will be coordinated by Benjamin Chase, one of our MLB contributors at Call to the Pen. Ben reviewed each MLB organization’s top 10 prospects in November and December, then also reviewed the top 125 prospects […] MLB Top Ten Outfield Prospects for 2017 -

Chicago White Sox: Carlos Rodon Expected to Start Season on DL
The Chicago White Sox’s already weak starting rotation took a hit to start the season. On the same day the Chicago White Sox announced Jose Quintana as their Opening Day starter, they also announced that they expect Carlos Rodon to start the season on the DL due to left bicep tightness. An MRI on Friday showed no […] Chicago White Sox: Carlos Rodon...

MLB: Top Four Starting Pitcher Trios Heading into 2017
It’s hard for a team to win a championship without good starting pitchers. Here are four MLB teams with a trio of top starters. Almost every MLB team has a defined ace to lead its staff. What makes a good team better, though? Having multiple good pitchers to rely on. A great bullpen is also key […] MLB: Top Four Starting Pitcher Trios Heading into 2017 ...

Cleveland Indians Completing Contract Extension with Jose Ramirez
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly close to a four-year extension with Jose Ramirez, making a long-term commitment to the infielder after a breakout year. The Cleveland Indians aren’t wasting much time in rewarding Jose Ramirez for last year’s breakout season. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Tribe are putting the finishing touches on […]

Detroit Tigers: J.D. Martinez Expected to Miss 3-4 Weeks
The Detroit Tigers will reportedly open the season with one of their best hitters on the disabled list. Over the offseason, Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez was the subject of trade chatter. To the surprise of some, the Tigers did not end up having a fire sale. Martinez will return for his fourth season in […] Detroit Tigers: J.D. Martinez Expected to ...

Colorado Rockies 2017 Season Preview
No matter what a team’s expectations are entering a season, each spring brings hope for the fan base. This spring, the Colorado Rockies and their fans had some high hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time since winning 92 games in 2009. Then the injuries started rolling in… Nationally, the Colorado Rockies generally […] Colorado Rockies 2017 Season Preview

Oakland Athletics: Kendall Graveman Named Opening Night Starter
Kendall Graveman will be on the mound for the Oakland Athletics on Opening Night. Even with two rotation spots still up for grabs the Oakland Athletics have named Kendall Graveman as their Opening Night starter against the Los Angeles Angels on April 3. Graveman will be taking over what would have been the injured Sonny […] Oakland Athletics: Kendall Grav...

Chicago White Sox Name Jose Quintana Opening Day Starter
The Chicago White Sox officially named Jose Quintana their 2017 Opening Day Starter. It should come as no surprise that the Chicago White Sox settled on Jose Quintana as their 2017 Opening Day starter against the Detroit Tigers on April 3. After a blockbuster trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox this summer, Quintana […] Chicago White Sox Name Jos...

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein the Greatest Leader in the World
Fortune Magazine has deemed Chicago Cubs’ President Theo Epstein the greatest leader in the world. A surprise to many, though, how can you argue it? Fortune Magazine published their annual list of the world’s greatest leaders from 1 to 50 on Thursday morning. The list is compiled of CEOs, politicians, musicians, etc. Yet, it’s a surprise sports figure […]

Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton the Next Mariano Rivera?
The Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton was more than likely the best pitcher in baseball in 2016, despite the fact that he didn’t even finish in the top three in the Cy Young voting. In 2016, the then 28-year-old left-handed closer for the Baltimore Orioles, put up some of the best numbers the game has ever […] Baltimore Orioles Zach Britton the Next Mariano Rivera...

Yankees History: Chick Fewster Loses Speech After HBP
Standing in the batters box without a batting helmet must have been an act of bravery at times. On this day in 1920, it nearly resulted in tragedy, when Yankees utility player Chick Fewster was hit in the head and knocked unconscious for ten minutes. Chances are, if anyone remembers Chick Fewster these days, it […] Yankees History: Chick Fewster Loses Speech After HBP

Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera Still Nursing Back Injury
Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera is still being held out of the lineup with a back injury he suffered during the World Baseball Classic. With Opening Day right around the corner, many are wondering about the status of Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. During the World Baseball Classic, Cabrera suffered a back injury. […] Detroit Tigers: ...

Tampa Bay Rays Will Sign Derek Norris to One-Year Deal
The Tampa Bay Rays will have a new catcher behind the plate, and it’s Derek Norris. There was plenty of talk as to where Derek Norris may land. The Tampa Bay Rays were among those mentioned due to their current situation at catcher. Norris will now head to Tampa Bay to play catcher for the Rays […] Tampa Bay Rays Will Sign Derek Norris to One-Year Deal...

MLB Top Ten Shortstop Prospects for 2017
With the season just around the corner, who are the top 10 shortstop prospects in MLB? An Introduction These lists will be coordinated by Benjamin Chase, one of our MLB contributors at Call to the Pen. Ben reviewed each MLB organization’s top 10 prospects in November and December, then also reviewed the top 125 prospects […] MLB Top Ten Shortstop Prospects for 2017 -...

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Matt Szczur Trade Should Happen
Riding the waves of championship success, the Chicago Cubs have never felt better. However, the latest Chicago Cubs rumors seems to indicate an easy decision. Recent Chicago Cubs rumors have surfaced that the Atlanta Braves are interested in bringing in Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur. Per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Atlanta Braves showed interest in […] Chicag...

Winners and Losers of the 2017 World Baseball Classic
While the United States took home the championship, many in the 2017 World Baseball Classic came out of the tournament for better or worse. After a roller coaster ride of excitement and heartbreak, the 2017 World Baseball Classic came to an end Wednesday night. Even after the United States shut out Puerto Rico in the […] Winners and Losers of the 2017 World Baseba...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jung Ho Kang Reportedly Denied Visa to Enter U.S.
Infielder Jung Ho Kang might not play for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season after his visa request to enter the U.S. was reportedly denied. Jung Ho Kang‘s off-the-field woes continue, as the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder has reportedly been denied a visa to re-enter the United States. According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the […]

Dodgers Defeat Rangers 10-2: Kershaw K’s 11, Game Notes & Scouting Takeaways
Kershaw K’s 11, Utley and Segedin go deep en route to the Dodgers’ 10-2 victory over the Rangers on Thursday. This is the first of a six-part scouting series. In addition to this Dodgers game, I will be covering the following games: CWS@OAK (3/24), CLE@CWS (3/25), CIN@SEA (3/26), COL@TEX (3/27) and ARI@COL (3/19). Follow me […] Dodger...

Boston Red Sox 2017 Team Preview
The Boston Red Sox rebounded from a tough 2015 campaign to win the American League East in 2016. Will they be able to keep up their potent offense without David Ortiz? After fielding the best offense in baseball last season while David Ortiz enjoyed one of the most productive final seasons in MLB history, the Boston […] Boston Red Sox 2017 Team Preview -

New York Yankees: Jordan Montgomery Should be in Starting Rotation
The New York Yankees have a ton of questions in their starting rotation. One of the answers should be left-hander Jordan Montgomery The New York Yankees came into spring training with questions for the back half of their starting rotation. They were hoping that guys like Luis Cessa, Chad Green and Luis Severino would take […] New York Yankees: Jordan Montgomery Sho...

New York Yankees Have Their First Baseman of the Future in Greg Bird
Wednesday morning New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed something that every New York Yankees fan and most devoted baseball fans already knew. The new starting first baseman for the New York Yankees will be (again, no big surprise) Greg Bird. ESPN’s Andrew Marchand broke the news in the morning via Twitter and on ESPN.com: […] New York Yankees Have Their ...

Kansas City Royals: Five Potential Landing Spots for Mike Moustakas
The Kansas City Royals core four has grown up. They’re getting too expensive, and Mike Moustakas is not the favorite. The Kansas City Royals changed the way general managers approach the game. There is no denying that. Their back-to-back appearances in the World Series were a showcase of sorts, presenting to the rest of the […] Kansas City Royals: F...

Philadelphia Phillies Interested in Angel Pagan For Some Reason
The Philadelphia Phillies are a rebuilding team that has a habit of picking up flippable veterans during the offseason. The latest vet that they have been linked to is Angel Pagan. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies are showing interest in free agent outfielder Angel Pagan, and for the life of […] Philadelphia Phillies In...

Seattle Mariners First Baseman Dan Vogelbach Sent to Triple-A
The Seattle Mariners sent first baseman Dan Vogelbach to Triple-A to start the season, making Danny Valencia the full-time starter for now. In a surprise move, the Seattle Mariner sent first baseman Dan Vogelbach to Triple-A to start the year. Vogelbach was acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the Chicago Cubs last July […] Seattle Mariners First Baseman Da...

Detroit Tigers History: Willie Hernandez Acquired in Trade
Sometimes, a trade makes all the difference in the world. On this day in 1984, the Detroit Tigers acquired Willie Hernandez, who became an immediate star. Willie Hernandez was a solid reliever for the Phillies and Cubs. He had spent some time closing while in Chicago, and generally posted decent strikeout numbers. Yet, Hernandez was […] Detroit Tigers History: Wi...

 

 
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