After 22 Years, The Arizona Diamondbacks Are Bringing Back The Bullpen Cart And Fans Are Stoked
For the first time in 22 years, a Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, will be using a bullpen cart to bring relief pitchers into the game. Needless to say, fans are very psyched to see the return of this old school baseball tradition.
For 45 years, at least one Major League Baseball team utilized a car (not a cart) to summon relief pitchers from the bullpen beginning in 1950 with the Cleveland Indians. Because the Indians played in the cavernous Municipal Stadium at the time, the team introduced “a little red auto” to speed up the transition of pitchers. The Chicago White Sox joined the Indians in using a car in 1951, though it only lasted until 1955 because fans were continually throwing garbage at the car. The the Los Angeles Angels became the first team to actually use a golf cart in 1963.
The last MLB team to use a bullpen car was the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995 who then used a Harley-Davidson Topper with a sidecar.
But now, thanks to (a) wanting to speed up the game and (b) one more additional place where they can slap a sponsor’s logo, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be using a bullpen cart for relief pitchers in the 2018 season.
“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,” Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall said in a release. “Fans of baseball in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s enjoyed watching their favorite players emerge from the bullpen in various vehicles and we’re excited for this special delivery to come to Chase Field.”
And it will be sponsored!
Hall also told ESPN, “An ancillary benefit might be that it could speed up the game. I expect a lot of teams to follow suit.”
I, and many other fans, certainly hope so. Because this…
…is fantastic. (Bonus points to any team that lets Marshawn Lynch drive one.)