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Saturday, June 09, 2012
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Last month, [Will] Startup¹ and his Sugar Land teammates became the first relievers in almost two decades to ride to the mound in a bullpen cart when the [Sugar Land] Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League started using one. It isn’t just the biggest development for bullpen cart fans since Tom Berenger drove one in pursuit of Rene Russo in “Major League,” it’s also the best news for the U.S. automotive industry since the turnaround…
The last such motorized shuttle in the majors is believed to be the Brewers’ Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar in 1995… Since this is 2012, the Skeeters’ cart is suitably eco-friendly—it runs on a battery—and has air-conditioning (a ‘must’ for a team located just outside Houston), leather seats, a backup camera, a sound system and a cup holder… The Skeeters have something else in mind, though: They plan to add a bubble machine to the cart so it will leave a trail of bubbles floating behind it…
several Japanese teams still use a bullpen cart. I just hope the bullpen cart returns to the majors soon as well, because they might finally lead to the end of the one-inning closer.
¹ Yes, this is a real person’s name, although this is not him.
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