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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 Follow her on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl

Jacob R Misener, editor

After spending two-plus years writing for the site, Jacob was named editor of Cubbies Crib in August 2013. He was also promoted to co-editor of Call to the Pen in October 2014. He works as the managing editor of a daily newspaper in central Illinois. Graduate of Augustana College, class of 2013 and former Minor League Baseball employee.

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.

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.

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.

Wayne Stewart, Staff Writer

Wayne Stewart has 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. Some of his works have appeared in team publications for 10 major league clubs including the Yankees, Orioles, Braves, A's, and Dodgers. In addition, he has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows as a baseball historian, including an ESPN show on Bob Feller. At one time he 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ian Kahanowitz, Staff Writer

Ian is an avid Baseball fan who monitors the whole major league and who keeps tabs on trending news about transactions, trades, and the front office for every team in Major League Baseball. You can say Ian is like a scout looking for the perfect story to write to inform the public. In addition, Ian also writes about the history of the game, about the players of long ago and the major games that helped shaped Baseball throughout the years.. Ian is also a die hard New York Yankees fan from birth, but has been living in Red Sox nation since he moved to Massachusetts from Brooklyn, New York back in 1993. In addition, Ian has authored numerous articles on his reviews of Baseball books that he had read and has also profiled those reviews on the internet.

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 [email protected]

Timmy Kennedy, Around the Foghorn

I'm the biggest San Francisco Giants fan in all of Ireland. Then again, that is a shallow claim, given that I'm the only San Francisco Giants fan in Ireland. Claiming to be the creator of the Joe Panik bandwagon, until someone else does, anyway. Editor of Around the Foghorn.

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