Diamondbacks bringing back bullpen cars

  • Diamondbacks bringing back bullpen cars

Diamondbacks bringing back bullpen cars

"We have been working on this idea for several years and there's no more appropriate time to bring back the bullpen cart than this season, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary", Diamondbascks president & CEO Derrick Hall said in a release, per The Arizona Republic. "I expect a lot of teams to follow suit".

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reintroducing the bullpen vehicle to the Major League Baseball.

Hall said the Diamondbacks purchased two golf carts and had them retrofitted with big caps by SportsKartz, a company in Tampa, Florida.

It's been 22 years since any Major League Baseball team used a bullpen auto in their stadium.

Historians believe the first use of a bullpen cart was by the Cleveland Indians in 1950. "I don't think we could've made it".

Over the years, the bullpen auto even caused political controversy.

Among the issues the Padres would need to address before bringing back some sort of bullpen cart, which they and other teams used in the 1970s, is they would need to have a vehicle manufactured and build a space to house it in center field near the bullpen at Petco Park. The Milwaukee Brewers used a motorcycle with a sidecar at that point.

Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Fetters said the team won't force relievers to take the cart to the mound and it will be offered to both teams.

Within a few years, relievers started having entrance songs, including New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who adopted Metallica's "Enter Sandman" in 1999.

The bullpen cart is back. The pitchers will then make their way to the mound. Perhaps it could keep pitchers from tiring themselves out before they even throw a pitch.