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Welcome to Call to the Pen, the MLB news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Call to the Pen is dedicated to providing top-notch MLB news, views and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Editorial Staff

Jen Rainwater, Editor

An avid MLB fan with a BA in Communications from St. Mary's College of CA, Jen is a Featured Columnist for FanSided and an Editor at FanSided's MLB site Call to the Pen. A life-long fan of the Athletics franchise, Jen was taught about the game of baseball by her mother and grandmother. She grew up near Oakland attending A's games and continues to do so to this day as a season ticket holder and lover of everything green and gold. You can find her blog: Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk at BBSTmlb.com. Follow her on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl

Steve Engbloom, editor

Steve's passion for baseball developed upon his family moving to Ohio in 1970. It was then he was introduced to the Big Red Machine and became a hardened Reds fan. Steve has been with FanSided since 2010 when he started as a writer for Blog Red Machine. A short time later, he became that site's editor. He has been at Call to the Pen since August, 2013.

Patrick Green, Staff Writer

Baseball's fun and so is writing, hence why you're reading this. 16 years young writing for Call to the Pen and Yawkey Way Report. To this day, still baffled David Wright beat Eric Sogard in MLB Network's Face of the MLB Competition, but, hey, life moves on.

Timmy Kennedy, Staff Writer

A Northern Irish, San Francisco Giants fan. Weird, I know. Editor for Around the Foghorn. Spend my time watching baseball at 3am, eating and writing.

Owen Sanborn, Staff Writer

Baseball/basketball enthusiast. New York Yankee apologist. I have played baseball my entire life and have mastered the best way to eat a sunflower seed. My basketball playing experience consists of mostly pick up games on eight foot rims so I am able to dunk. In unrelated news, I am 6 foot 4. Nineteen years young, but I would rival my baseball/basketball knowledge against anyone two years old and up.

Peter Marzano, Staff Writer

A recent high school graduate, Peter joined the Call to the Pen staff in May 2014. Despite baseball being his primary passion, Peter is addicted to all of the four major sports, and watches a healthy amount of NHL in the winter months. Peter lives outside of Chicago and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, which is quite unfortunate.

Sam Clancy, Staff Writer

I am a Journalism student at Webster University in St. Louis. I am a passionate baseball fan with a national view on the game. A childhood of summers in St. Louis has given me a bias towards the Red Birds, but I love writing about the game league-wide.

Jacob R Misener, Staff Writer

After spending two-plus years writing for the site, Jacob was named editor of Cubbies Crib in August 2013. He also works as the managing editor of a daily newspaper in central Illinois. He is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., class of 2013. During that time, he also worked as a broadcaster in Minor League Baseball.

Andrew Padyk, Staff Writer

Born and raised on Long Island, Andrew is currently a history and international relations major at Manhattan College. His passion for baseball started at a young age with trips to Yankee Stadium and still holds the 1998 New York Yankees as his favorite team of all time and Scott Brosius as his favorite player. He is a Yankees and Giants fan. He is also a patient Islanders fan. Outside of writing, he can usually be found deep in the school library doing research on Eastern Europe or in the park playing handball.

Travis Coverston, Staff Writer

Travis is a baseball enthusiast from Florida. After playing in high school and college, he now writes for Call to the Pen and covers Gator baseball at Hail Florida Hail. He enjoys loud music at the gym, country concerts, and is an avid body surfer.

Aaron Somers, Sr. Personnel Director

Aaron Somers is the FanSided Network's Senior Personnel Director and has previously served as the Editorial Director for our MLB sites. He's been a part of the FanSided Network since October 2011. Baseball has long been his biggest passion, but he has a healthy obsession with most sports (though admittedly there are many that he's a better fan than participant). He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with his wonderfully understanding wife and daughter.

wstew, Staff Writer

I have written 30 books about sports, mainly baseball, for companies such as McGraw-Hill and Triumph, and hundreds of articles for national publications such as USA Today Baseball Weekly, Beckett, Baseball Digest, a SABR magazine, and a Baseball Hall of Fame newsletter. In addition, I have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows as a baseball historian, including an ESPN show on Bob Feller. At one time I hosted a call-in sports talk show, a pre-game show for Cleveland Indians games, and a pre-game show for Notre Dame football for a small radio station.

David Hill, administrator

Dave was introduced to the game of baseball during the 1985 World Series, and still considers Dan Quisenberry his favorite player. This also explains his strange obsession with submarine pitchers. Living in the Boston area, Dave is that lone beacon of powder blue in the heart of Red Sox nation. His musings on the Royals game, and life in general, can be found on Twitter through @m1sterdave, and he can be reached via e-mail at davidhi[email protected]

Kenny Bristow, Staff Writer

I am a lifetime sports junkosaurus. Baseball and football--on all levels--are my faves, but I've been known to root for other teams, however, based on the looks of their uniforms. I also have a not-so-secret passion for NASCAR. I currently live in Utah where I must dig a little harder, than in my days in Chicago and Los Angeles, for good sports bars, but I'm willing to put in the work for the exchange of clean air and less traffic. I've been a sports writer for a local weekly newspaper for five years and a contributor to several sports blogs. I recently began scouting for National Scouting Report. Despite that being a rewarding career, both spiritually and financially, I can't totally break it off with my true passion... writing about sports.

James Krueger, Staff Writer

James Krueger is an amateur blogger and professional fan. He spends most of his day sifting through gory datasets for fun, and the rest of it watching baseball. He loves advanced stats, graphics with R, the Tampa Bay Rays and long walks on the beach.

Sean Davis, Staff Writer

Life long A's fan and Bay Area native. Dreamt of playing for the A's as a kid, since it was clear that wasn't going to happen, just following and writing about them will scratch that itch. I pride myself on knowing just as much about other teams as people do about their own. Follow me on Twitter @SeanD25.

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