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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.

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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.

Jen Rainwater, Editor

I've always thought Babe Ruth summed my feelings for the game best, “Baseball was, is and always will be, to me, the best game in the world.” An avid MLB fan with a BA in Communications from St. Mary's College of CA, writing about baseball is my passion. My heart belongs to the Athletics franchise with it's rich history and always colorful cast of characters, the A's have always been unique! Check out my blog: Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk at BBSTmlb.com. I can be reached @OakAsSocksGrl and [email protected]

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.

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.

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.

Patrick Green, Staff Writer

I am a high school sophomore with a baseball addiction. I have been blessed to write for Call to the Pen and Fansided's Red Sox site BoSox Injection. Member of Sabr and very objective with my opinions. Comment below with your thoughts.

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.

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.

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.

Chris Vetter, Staff Writer

The game of baseball has always been more then just a passion, it's been a lifestyle. Chris grew up on the baseball diamond. Analyzing the game within the game. Survivor of the 2006 Mets.

Drew Jenkins, Co-Editor

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Drew is currently studying business analytics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Drew has been a passionate baseball fan ever since attending his first Major League game at Wrigley field when he was just 6 weeks old. His main love is hitting mechanics, but it is hard to find an area of baseball that he doesn't like. Follow Drew on twitter @DrewJenkins77 or contact him at [email protected] Hebrews 13:6 "So we can say with confidence, 'The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'"

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 and has a special place in his heart for the Cleveland Indians. 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 Honeycutt, Staff Writer

Travis has been an avid baseball fan since the state of Florida was granted its first MLB team in 1993. He also drinks more coffee than you do.

David Hill, Staff Writer

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]

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.

Ryan Wallerson, Staff Writer

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