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Name: Call to the Pen
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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...

MLB: Most Interesting Man in Baseball – Part II
Earlier this week we began the process to find the Most Interesting Man in Baseball. In Tuesday’s post, we laid out the criteria (have to be active, have to be a player, seeding based on Twitter followers) and met the cast of characters. For the uninitiated, we settled on eight modern baseball characters: The Cagey […] MLB: Most Interesting Man in Baseball – Part I...

MLB: Outfielder David DeJesus to Retire
David DeJesus hasn’t played an MLB game since 2015, but the veteran outfielder has officially called it a career after 13 seasons. Longtime MLB outfielder David DeJesus has announced via Twitter that he will retire from the game of baseball. His job this season will be with CSN Chicago, as he will join the studio […] MLB: Outfielder David DeJesus to Retire -

Projecting the Minnesota Twins Starting Five
Let’s try to peer into the Minnesota Twins front office via a crystal ball to see who will make up this year’s starting five for Opening Day. The headline gives me a major qualifier: Opening Day. Because everyone who breaks camp as part of the Minnesota Twins‘ starting five will most assuredly not be in […] Projecting the Minnesota Twins Starting Five...

Arizona Diamondbacks: Bullpen Could Be in Archie Bradley’s Future
A disappointment thus far at the big league level, Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley would be willing to move to the bullpen if the team desired. Not long ago, Archie Bradley was one of the better pitching prospects in the game of baseball. However, the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander may need to settle for a bullpen role […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Bullpen Could ...

Cincinnati Reds 2017 Season Preview
The Cincinnati Reds “earned” the second pick in the 2017 draft with their 2016 season. Is there hope for fans in 2017? The Cincinnati Reds definitely played like a team that was worthy of the second-worst record league in 2016, with a pitching staff that was historically bad and nowhere near enough offense to make […] Cincinnati Reds 2017 Season Preview -

MLB: David Denson, First Openly Gay Player, Retires
The first openly gay player in the MLB system, David Denson, has retired. David Denson, the first openly gay player in MLB-affiliated baseball, announced his decision to retire yesterday. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Denson’s action was unexpected, but that it had nothing to do with the player’s sexual orientation. Instead, Denson stated that […] ML...

Ichiro Suzuki: Baseball’s Most Underappreciated Legend
Over 3,000 MLB hits, 10 Gold Gloves and multiple All-Star appearances have done little to help Ichiro Suzuki’s popularity. Why does he remain baseball’s most underappreciated star? Not many MLB players have had the kind of career Ichiro Suzuki has put together. In an era where the long ball reigned supreme, Suzuki has succeeded going a […] Ichiro Suzuki: Ba...

San Francisco Giants: Three Outside Options to Fill Left Field Void
If the San Francisco Giants want to win it all, they are going to need to fill their left field void. Who exactly should they trade for? The San Francisco Giants were unable to keep their even-year streak alive in 2016, as they finally fell victim to the powerhouse Cubs. It did not happen without […] San Francisco Giants: Three Outside Options to Fill...

St. Louis Cardinals Unveil New Ballpark Pass
The St. Louis Cardinals have devised a new way for cost-conscious fans to witness a season’s worth of action at the ballpark. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely among the best-drawing teams in baseball. Expect that to continue with a new way to bring fans out to Busch Stadium: the Cardinals Ballpark Pass. It’s pretty […] St. Louis Cardinals Unveil New Ballpar...

World Baseball Classic Takeaways
The World Baseball Classic began with public sentiment towards the event being largely neutral, even amongst ardent baseball fans. Now that the WBC has crowned its winner, many more baseball fans are beginning to see some of the appeal. The U.S. team making a run deep into the World Baseball Classic and eventually winning the […] World Baseball Classic Takeaways -

MLB Top Ten Third Base Prospects For 2017
With the season just around the corner, who are the top 10 third base 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 […] MLB Top Ten Third Base Prospects For 2017 -

Chicago White Sox: Will Jose Quintana be on the move?
Could the Chicago White Sox finally be close to dealing Jose Quintana and continuing their rebuilding process? The Chicago White Sox started their rebuilding process finally this off-season by dealing Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. They just gave shortstop Tim Anderson a nice extension as they have identified him as a part of their core […] Chicago White Sox: Will Jose Quintana b...

Philadelphia Phillies Legend Dallas Green Dies
The Philadelphia Phillies organization suffered the loss of one of the most influential figures in franchise history. On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced the passing of an organizational legend. Dallas Green (82) had been a player, scout, manager, and front office executive with the team. The Phillies released an official statement announcing the sad news: […] Philadelp...

Yankees History: Howard Spira Arrested for Extortion
The George Steinbrenner Era had its unique moments. One of them came on this day in 1990, when Howard Spira, a professional gambler, was arrested for extorting money from the Yankees owner. During the early part of his tenure as Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner ran the team like a demented Roman emperor. Anyone who displeased […] Yankees History: Howard Spira Arrested...

USA Shuts Out Puerto Rico to be Crowned the 2017 World Baseball Classic Champions
And just like that, the United States stunned the Team Puerto Rico to win their first-ever World Baseball Classic championship. With all eyes on Dodger Stadium, Team USA defended their nation’s pastime by defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 to become the 2017 World Baseball Classic champions. This marks the second straight WBC that the Puerto Rican […] USA S...

World Baseball Classic 2017 Championship Live Thread
The U.S. and Puerto Rico face off tonight in the 2017 World Baseball Classic championship game. Join the Call to the Pen crew to discuss the exciting matchup right here as it happens. It’s been a long and winding road over the past two weeks, but the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic ends […] World Baseball Classic 2017 Championship Live Thread...

World Baseball Classic: USA vs. Puerto Rico Preview
Tonight, Team USA will hope to do something no other U.S. World Baseball Classic team has ever done before. A WBC championship is so close that we can almost taste it. They will be taking on a formidable opponent in Puerto Rico, who has gone through the WBC undefeated. We will be discussing the x-factors, tournament […] World Baseball Classic: USA vs. Puerto Rico Pre...

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman and the Hall of Fame
Aroldis Chapman reportedly has his sights set on the Hall of Fame, but is this a reasonable or attainable goal for the Yankees closer? New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman told the New York Post this week that he has some lofty aspirations for the rest of his career. Speaking through an interpreter, Chapman said: “Hopefully in […] New York Yankees: Ar...

New York Yankees: Didi Gregorius Out a Month with a Strained Shoulder
After the injury to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, the injury to New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius marks the second MLB star to be hurt during the tournament. Recently, I posed the question of whether or not these stars should actually be playing in the […] New York Yankees: D...

Toronto Blue Jays Closing in on Extension with John Gibbons
Reports say the Toronto Blue Jays have just about wrapped up a two-year contract extension with manager John Gibbons, who has spent parts of nine seasons helming the club. John Gibbons is entering the fifth season of his second stint as Toronto Blue Jays manager, and it appears the team would like to keep him […] Toronto Blue Jays Closing in on Extension with John Gibb...

Tampa Bay Rays 2017 Team Preview
The Tampa Bay Rays struggled to perform in 2016 in their second year under manager Kevin Cash. Can they improve enough in 2017 to compete? The post-Joe Maddon Tampa Bay Rays have been far from impressive, and their 2016 season was no different. Their 68-94 record under manager Kevin Cash is a far cry from […] Tampa Bay Rays 2017 Team Preview -

Impact of Jerry Krause Felt in MLB and NBA
The sports world lost a management titan on Tuesday with the passing of Jerry Krause at 77. Krause, who is most famous for being the ‘architect’ of the dynasty that helped bring six NBA titles to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, was one of the best general managers in the sport. But his true passion […] Impact of Jerry Krause Felt in MLB and NBA -

Los Angeles Dodgers: Andre Ethier Could Miss Start of Season
The Los Angeles Dodgers may begin the 2017 season with outfielder Andre Ethier on the disabled list for a second straight year. In 2016, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier missed Opening Day after fracturing a bone in his right leg during spring training. He went on to play in a career-low 16 games. It […] Los Angeles Dodgers: Andre Ethier Could Mis...

Minnesota Twins Pitcher Trevor May to Undergo Tommy John Surgery
After entering the offseason with hopes of rejoining the starting rotation this season, Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, per SB Nation. In his brief three-year major league career, Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May has never been able to find consistency. Largely in part due to differing opinions as to […]

Window of Opportunity to the Phillies
On the way to the majors, detours can occur for a youngster when an organization acquires a veteran to fill a positional hole on the parent club and trades the raw talent they originally signed to a rebuilding franchise like the Philadelphia Phillies.   In the Rotation’s Shadow: Routes to a destination are never as […] Window of Opportunity to the Phillies -

MLB Top Ten Second Base Prospects For The 2017 Season
With the season just around the corner, who are the top 10 second base 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 […] MLB Top Ten Second Base Prospects For The 2017 Se...

World Baseball Classic: United States Defeat Japan, Advance to Championship Game
Battling rain and a threatening Japanese lineup, Team USA came out of the semifinals on top to advance to their first-ever World Baseball Classic championship game. The Americans shortened Japan’s visit to the United States with a 2-1 victory in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. It only took a one-run […] World...

Boston Red Sox: David Price won’t make a start until May
The Boston Red Sox are expected to win the American League East and travel deep into the playoffs, but there already seems to be a bump in the road. When the Boston Red Sox landed Chris Sale in a trade in December, they were on their way to building the newest and scariest super-rotation. Sale, […] Boston Red Sox: David Price won’t make a start until May

Cleveland Indians History: Steve Olin, Tim Crews Killed
The water can be a dangerous place at any time, especially for those boating while drunk. On this day in 1993, the Cleveland Indians came face to face with that tragedy when Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boat accident. When Jose Fernandez was killed while boating in the early morning hours […] Cleveland Indians History: Steve Olin, Tim Crews Killed...

 

 
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