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The life, death and rebirth of the bullpen cart | MLB.com

They’d better be a lot faster.

UPDATE: As was reported on Thursday, bringing back the bullpen cart has been offered as a possible solution to speeding up the game this season and beyond. Luckily, we wrote up an entire history on the now-extinct Major League mode of transport last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:37 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:57 PM (#5618290)
I used to love bullpen cars. Cool.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: February 02, 2018 at 05:54 PM (#5618328)
If they want to bring back these dumb things, I guess that's fine. But it seems extraordinarily unlikely that a bullpen car could remotely speed up the game, and is more likely to slow things down (not meaningfully, of course). They didn't drive directly from the bullpen to the mound. They circled around the outfield and dropped guys off in front of the dugout.

   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 02, 2018 at 05:59 PM (#5618334)
I once bought a Datsun B210 after I saw Sparky Lyle ride in on this Bullpen Special to strike out Danny Cater in a game that wound up costing the Red Sox the 1972 AL East. It got over 30 MPG and lasted 150,000 miles.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: February 02, 2018 at 06:03 PM (#5618337)
I’m with SoSH. I mean the bullpen car was fun and all but I’m skeptical of it actually making a difference in time.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: February 02, 2018 at 06:06 PM (#5618341)
have to join Sosh and Jose, I don't for the life of me see how this could speed the game up, sure it delivers the pitcher to the mound about 15 seconds faster,(unless it's Lee Smith, then about 2 minutes faster) but that time is negligible....

and of course the issue with the game isn't the length of time for a game, but pacing which is a completely different story, and something that this doesn't remotely address.
   6. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:00 PM (#5618362)
As was reported on Thursday, bringing back the bullpen cart has been offered as a possible solution to speeding up the game this season and beyond.
Offered by who? And why? I'm all in favor of goofy nonsense. But if you're advocating goofy nonsense as the solution to a genuine problem, you clearly don't understand the problem. If you want to bring back the bullpen cart, bring it back because it's ridiculous and fun. Just don't act like it an actual solution to anything.
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:08 PM (#5618364)
Offered by who? And why? I'm all in favor of goofy nonsense. But if you're advocating goofy nonsense as the solution to a genuine problem, you clearly don't understand the problem. If you want to bring back the bullpen cart, bring it back because it's ridiculous and fun. Just don't act like it an actual solution to anything.


100% agree with this comment. Literally there is nothing in this comment that is incorrect.
   8. mathesond Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:12 PM (#5618365)
They'll be just another advertising surface.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:17 PM (#5618366)
They'll be just another advertising surface.


True, but that isn't a bad thing, except to weirdos who worry about that crap. Money is money, and every penny that the team gets, ultimately helps the team.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:03 PM (#5618381)
Bullpen catapult.

   11. The Duke Posted: February 03, 2018 at 01:34 PM (#5618660)
Who doesn’t like the bullpen cart? I’m all in.

As far as speeding up the game, I can’t see how one has anything to do with the other.
   12. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: February 03, 2018 at 04:15 PM (#5618754)
and of course the issue with the game isn't the length of time for a game, but pacing which is a completely different story, and something that this doesn't remotely address.
It would help the pace of game if the relief pitcher could more quickly get to the mound. This is why I propose the introduction of the bullpen pneumatic tube.
   13. Stormy JE Posted: February 03, 2018 at 06:14 PM (#5618786)
Offered by who? And why? I'm all in favor of goofy nonsense. But if you're advocating goofy nonsense as the solution to a genuine problem, you clearly don't understand the problem. If you want to bring back the bullpen cart, bring it back because it's ridiculous and fun. Just don't act like it an actual solution to anything.

100% agree with this comment. Literally there is nothing in this comment that is incorrect.

Whom.
   14. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: February 03, 2018 at 06:18 PM (#5618788)
Whom.


Schtick-stealer.

(Also, say that fast three times. "Schtick-stealer," that is, not "whom.")
   15. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: February 03, 2018 at 06:19 PM (#5618790)
Feh on bullpen cars. Monorail or nothing!
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: February 03, 2018 at 08:27 PM (#5618832)
100% agree with this comment. Literally there is nothing in this comment that is incorrect.

Whom.


Funny thing is that after I posted my comment, I thought that there was possibly going to be a grammatical error in the comment I was supporting, and quickly looked at it to see, but the who/whom is beyond my ability to recognize.
   17. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 04, 2018 at 01:10 AM (#5618886)
It would help the pace of game if the relief pitcher could more quickly get to the mound. This is why I propose the introduction of the bullpen pneumatic tube.

By 2045, teams will no longer have competitive world-class major league top-tier stadiums unless relief pitchers can be teleported to the mound.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 04, 2018 at 03:10 AM (#5618890)
By 2045, teams will no longer have competitive world-class major league top-tier stadiums unless relief pitchers can be teleported to the mound.

And yet batting glove velcro will still never be tight enough.
   19. Swedish Chef Posted: February 04, 2018 at 08:55 AM (#5618906)
How about a zipline to the mound?
   20. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 04, 2018 at 09:34 AM (#5618927)
Feh on bullpen cars. Monorail or nothing!


I hear those things are awfully loud.
   21. T.J. Posted: February 04, 2018 at 05:32 PM (#5619115)
It glides as softly as a cloud.
   22. fhomess Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:25 PM (#5619844)
I think a trap door under the mound would also speed things up. The manager can just push a button and the pitcher will be removed from the game almost instantly.
   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 05, 2018 at 03:17 PM (#5619880)
I think a trap door under the mound would also speed things up. The manager can just push a button and the pitcher will be removed from the game almost instantly.

Hey, it's already been tested for delivering balls to umpires.
One of the most fascinating gadgets Charlie O. Finley came up with was the mechanical rabbit named “Harvey”. Finley didn’t think umpires needed to carry around bags of extra baseballs so he created a device that came up out of the ground behind home plate and presented a basket of balls to the home plate umpire. Not to waste an opportunity to create fun for the crowd, he had the basket held up by a rabbit. When he would ascend out of his hole the organist would play “Here comes Peter Cottontail”. Now photographic evidence as you can see proves there were at least two different rabbits, one with features eerily similar to Bugs Bunny. When the umpire needed balls he’d point to a bellboy who simply pushed a button.

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