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There can't possibly be an advantage to this.
If I know ballplayers they'll spend most of their time texting each other the location of girls in the stands.
There can't possibly be an advantage to this. The dugout doesn't move around. Neither does the bullpen. So the ability to carry the things wherever you go doesn't factor into it.
Dugout: Get rivera UPTOWNGIRL
Dugout: Sorry, autocorrect
If you're going to chase stupid corporate tie-ins, and I think we can all agree that MLB is going to continue doing this, then these are kinds of stupid corporate tie-ins to chase.
It does no actual harm to the game, and makes people extra money.
Yeah, until Joe Maddon can't get a signal, and has to call for Fernando Rodney with Connie-Mack-like hand signals, and they get it wrong, and lose a game because Reid Brignac had to pitch to David Ortiz with the bases loaded in the ninth.
The system this is supposed to run on is geographically limited (so if the phones move a certain distance from their base stations, they stop working) and running on a different part of the wireless network from ordinary mobile traffic.
No harm to the game on the field, but I'm not particularly looking forward to every single pitching change being turned into a commercial for T-Mobile as the result of a manager's "T-Mobile call to the bullpen."
They already are for many teams/broadcasts.
Reid Brignac had to pitch to David Ortiz with the bases loaded in the ninth.
Amazing! Next thing you know, they'll have long-distance wireless transmission of high-quality audio, and they'll use it to broadcast unique genre-specific playlists curated by knowledgeable professionals.
Was there a rule against using cell phones for this before? I mean, the players have their phones and often text/tweet during games. Surely someone in the dugout has the number of someone in the bullpen and could maintain contact that way long before this deal.
Major League Baseball dumps landlines...
Why are there four phones in the picture?
How long before all bullpen moves are done via Twitter?
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