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

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.

James Simmons,Contributor

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

Nick Stevens,Contributor

Baltimore Orioles fan. James Madison University graduate. Obsessed with minor league baseball and mediocre prospects.

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.

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.

David Mullen,Contributor

David Mullen is a Dallas-based sportswriter who grew up in Oakland, Calif. A baseball fanatic, he has seen a game in very Major League Baseball park and more than 25 no longer in use.

Nate Thompson,Contributor

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.

Sean Millerick,Contributor

Born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Sean has been an avid fan of all things South Florida sports as long as he can remember, and a true diehard as long as he has known how to write in the third person. His first live sporting event was a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets in 1992, and favorite sports memories include attending Game 7 of 1997 World Series, as well as Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter in 2006. Hamstrung by a total lack of athletic ability, Sean has given up on his dream of giving the Dolphins some stability at quarterback, and has landed comfortably on history professor.

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.

Sam Thomsen,Contributor

Sam Thomsen is a pitcher for Treasure Valley College, and a national baseball columnist. He's the founder of a website called TheMoundVisit.com. He's also written numerous guest pieces for The Seattle Times.

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.

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.

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.

Nelson Barnes II,Contributor

I am an avid Orioles, Ravens, Wizards, and Caps fan. I travel, and give unique insights into the local teams of the DMV. You will always be sure to see a great take on sports stories, scores and opinionated topics from the sports world.

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.

Ryota Nishino,Contributor

Ryota is a recent college graduate of the University of Puget Sound where he played D3 baseball for four years as a catcher and infielder. He graduated with a BA in Business Administration, and a double minor in Communication Studies and Japanese. He hopes to start his own marketing consulting firm with his passion for creativity and marketing. In terms of sports, he is a baseball and soccer enthusiast. His favorite teams are the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Arsenal FC, New Orleans Pelicans and Seattle Seahawks. He also has a sports podcast called Fresh out of College which you can find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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).

Lucas Kelly,Contributor

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

Ben Fadden,Contributor

Ben Fadden is a dedicated baseball fan. He has a strong knowledge of the game and enjoys sharing it with every reader. Let him know what you think in the comments section.

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