About CttP

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.

Meet the Team

David Hill,Site Expert

Royals fan. Obsessed with 1880's base ball, peculiar moustaches and craft beer. Somehow, I am allowed to make my thoughts public.

Manny Gómez,Site Expert

Having grown up in Washington Heights, a small Dominican neighborhood just one mile away from Yankee Stadium, Manny is a life-long Yankees fan. He began pursuing his passion for writing about baseball in March 2018 when he co-founded a small baseball media company called Welcome to THE SHOW. He cohosts a podcast under the same name and blogs on wttspod.com. Follow Manny on twitter @mannygo3.

Ryan Sanders,Contributor

The D3 version of Rick Ankiel. Bad at playing Baseball, worse at writing about it.

Bill Felber,Contributor

Bill Felber is a retired newspaper editor and author of seven books including The Book On The Book, A Game of Brawl, and Under Pallor, Under Shadow. His latest book, The Hole Truth, is a cross-era and cross-gender examination of the best players in professional golf history from Old Tom Morris to the present. With respect to both baseball and golf, his area of expertise is in cross-era performance comparisons.

Jeff Kallman,Contributor

Journalist, musician, New York born, now living in Las Vegas.

James Simmons,Contributor

Born and raised in the sticks of rural Nebraska, now high stepping through the city streets of Houston, Texas.

Yusseff Diaz,Contributor

I'm an advocate for the Serie Nacional and expert on Cuban baseball. A lot of your well known experts consult with me when it comes to writing pieces on Cuban ballplayers. I'm one of the creators of Pelota Cubana which specializes in Cuban baseball My goal is to inform and always do it in a proper way.

Tyler Roberts,Contributor

I live in Roy, Utah and love baseball. Without a professional team in the state, I latched onto the Diamondbacks the year they expanded in 1998. I loved watching them play in the 2001 World Series and can't wait to see them play in the Fall Classic again. I am excited to cover all things baseball for Call to the Pen.

Ben Fadden,Contributor

Ben Fadden is a dedicated baseball fan. He has a strong knowledge of the game and likes to share it with every reader.

Rick Soisson,Contributor

Rick is a writer who lives in Philadelphia, PA. He has published essays and short stories on a number of electronic platforms, including Broad Street Review, Yahoo News, and Yahoo Sports, as well as in print publications, including Studies in Contemporary Satire, The Other Side, and The Elixir.

Edward Lennon,Contributor

A determined 21-year-old writer pursuing opportunities covering MLB. Brings a unique voice to baseball by creating more of a story for our audience.

Tyson Shushkewich,Contributor

Tyson Shushkewich grew up in a small farming community just east of Lethbridge, Alberta. He would leave this small town for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he would attend Dalhousie University and graduate with a degree in Environmental Science and Biology. Now residing in Central Ontario with his fiancée, Tyson has been a fan of baseball since he was 10 years old when his dad took him to his first game in Toronto. When he is not writing articles, you can find him walking by the lake, sitting in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre, tweeting about his baseball memorabilia, or watching Netflix with his cat Apollo.

Tal Venada,Contributor

My articles are my opinion of why the front office made their decision, are making it, or will make it. My management experience helps me understand their decision-making process and their language. After a career in business, management, and sales, I retired and eventually received an opportunity to write Phillies articles. I am also a father and grandfather.

Joseph Romano,Contributor

I am a graduate of Fordham University and a current History Grad Student at St. John's University. My baseball fandom began at a young age and has continued to grow since.

Adam Mann,Contributor

Baltimore sports fanatic. Professional freelancer. Follow me on Twitter @Bmoresportsmann for all my latest stories and insights!

Travis Koch,Contributor

Travis Koch has been contributing to FanSided since 2016, covering the Texas Rangers for Nolan Writin' and Major League Baseball for Call to the Pen. He takes great pride in producing in-depth, attention-grabbing articles for baseball lovers across the world.

Phil Watson,Contributor

Columnist at HoopsHabit and a nearly 30-year media veteran in both print and online venues, with roots as a sports writer. I returned to this arena almost 8 years ago and would never go back after spending several years in news as well as website sales/development and advertising sales.

Andrew Adair,Contributor

An avid baseball fan, personal fandom for the Detroit Tigers. I have loved baseball for as long as I can remember and try to get to a new ballpark whenever I can.

Jack Trent Dorfman,Contributor

Jack Dorfman is the co-expert for Dodgers Way. He is currently a sophomore at UC San Diego studying political science. He also works as the sport's editor for the school newspaper, The Guardian, and has received awards for both his sportswriting and sports broadcasting in Los Angeles and San Diego. He has contributed to the LA Times and CSUN College newspaper on high school and college sports. He has been a lifelong Dodger fan, and his first Dodger game was on Jackie Robinson day during the 2006 season against the Padres, and he has loved the game ever since.

Lucas Kelly,Contributor

Baseball analyst, drilling deep into the data of today's modern game.

Sean Basile,Contributor

Sean is a recent college graduate of Rutgers University with his sights set on grad school. He has played sports (primarily baseball) his whole life and still does to this day. He's extremely knowledgeable about the games of baseball and football and hopes to share that knowledge with as many people as possible. Personal site is "Resurgent Sports." Make sure you check that out as well.

Samuel Brustad,Contributor

Sam is a Maryland native and an avid fan of the Washington Nationals. He also played college baseball before being sidelined by an injury to his spine during his junior season. In addition to the Nationals, Sam is also a supporter of the Maryland Terrapins (particularly basketball and football).

Clint Manry,Contributor

I'm a lifelong Braves fan that lives in Northwest Alabama.

William Pitts,Contributor

William Pitts has a Master's Degree in Journalism from Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2019, and also received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Goucher College in 2018. Pitts is still going through a hangover from the St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup win in June. Things that drive him crazy: Revenge beanballs, pace-of-play rules, delays due to instant replay, the idea of "players policing each other".

Michael Wittman,Contributor

My name is Michael Wittman Jr. I am a diehard Dodgers fan who lives in the San Diego area. I often commute to Dodger stadium on weekends and became a Dodger fan because of family. I work in the IT field and have a big passion for baseball and technology.

Tom Sileo,Contributor

Tom Sileo is an author and award-winning journalist who attended the first Washington Nationals home game in 2005. He joined Call to the Pen in 2019 after spending more than a year at FanSided's District on Deck site. In addition to baseball, Tom writes about U.S. military heroes. Tom's books include BROTHERS FOREVER (Da Capo Press, 2014) and 8 SECONDS OF COURAGE (Simon & Schuster, 2017).

Thomas J. Brown,Contributor

Thomas J. Brown is a published author and avid basketball fan. Having played the game at the semi-pro level and having years of AAU coaching experience under his belt, writing about the game is a natural passion. His unique perspective is often funny and insightful in addition to always being informed and original.

David Rice,Contributor

My name is David Rice and I am a sports fanatic. My first love is baseball and the sports team I am the most passionate about is The Angels. I was able to live one of my lifelong dreams when I was at Angels Stadium to watch the Angels win Game 7 of the World Series in 2002 with my best friend (coincidentally also named Dave). I am a full-time middle school Math/English teacher. I also announce numerous sporting events, mostly high school in my spare time. In addition to this I have been a part-time sports writer for 22 years covering hig school and college sports. I graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and in 2009 I earned both a California Teaching Credential but also a Master's degree in education. I currently live in the Los Angeles area and attend about 20 plus Angels games each season.

Matthew C,Contributor

Not sure what to write here but I'll give it a shot. I currently contribute for various Fansided sites. Phillies fan. I think that's it, eh.

Jason Evans,Contributor

Jason is a recent master's degree recipient in sports management. He's been a huge baseball and sports fan since he was born. Jason has worked as a board operator at SiriusXM for college and pro football and basketball games.

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