WASHINGTON — The Arizona Diamondbacks are going back to the future, and they’re bringing back the bullpen car. This is actually happening. Introducing the OnTrac Bullpen Cart! #GenerationDbacks pic.twitter.com/K0eTiED5f9 — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 6, 2018 The team brought two golf cars and put big Diamondback helmets on top. Major League Baseball is trying to find ways to speed up the game, but the Diamondbacks’ decision has to do with money, as well. Logistics company OnTrac is the cars’ sponsor. The team’s CEO Derrick Hall told ESPN that the cars might speed up the game, and he expects that a lot of teams will follow suit and bring back the cars. Bullpen cars were used to bring relief pitchers into the game from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound. They eventually became passe in favor of having entrance songs played when new players come in. The Cleveland Indians were the first team to use a bullpen car in 1950, according ESPN. … [Read more...] about Arizona Diamondbacks bring back the bullpen car
The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back the bullpen cart.The Diamondbacks announced Tuesday that the team will use an OnTrac bullpen cart to transport relief pitchers from both bullpens at Chase Field prior to entering a game.The last known use of a motorized vehicle in Major League Baseball was in 1995, when the Milwaukee Brewers used a motorcycle with a sidecar. Mike Fetters, Arizona's bullpen coach, was the closer for the Brewers that season.Baseball historians have tracked the use of bullpen carts to 1950, when the Cleveland Indians first used a "little red wagon."The first official use came in 1951 with the Chicago White Sox. The Oakland A's added one in 1955 and by the 1960s, the carts could be found across the majors and minors.Was Paul DeJong's interesting extension with Cardinals a unique case, or a sign of things to come? »Miguel Montero could wind up as the Nationals' backup catcher » … [Read more...] about Diamondbacks bringing back the bullpen cart
The bullpen cart is making a comeback. The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that The OnTrac Bullpen Cart will be used to transport relievers from both bullpens to the pitcher's mound as the franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary. "We have been working on this idea for several years and there is no more appropriate time to bring back the bullpen cart than this season, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary," Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a press 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 vehicle and we're excited for this special delivery to come to Chase Field." The Diamondbacks tweeted out a picture of the cart, which resembles the carts of the old days featuring a baseball-shaped vehicle with a giant team helmet serving as the roof. The last time a bullpen cart was used was 1995, per ESPN's Darren Rovell, which was three years before … [Read more...] about The Diamondbacks are bringing back the bullpen cart
By Bill Plunkett | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterMarch 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm THE GAME: The Dodgers roughed up Robbie Ray and scored six runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. PITCHING REPORT: LHP Alex Wood became the first Dodgers starter to pitch into a third inning. Wood went 2-1/3 innings, allowed three hits (including a solo home run by Christian Walker) and struck out three. … J.T. Chargois pitched his second perfect inning of the spring. The bullpen candidate has faced six batters in Cactus League games, retired all six and struck out three. HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers had 19 hits in the game. … Ray didn’t make it out of the first inning against. He faced seven batters and only retired one (another was caught stealing). He gave up a double to Justin Turner, a two-run home run to Matt Kemp and a home run to Kyle Farmer. Omar Estevez also had a two-run double in the … [Read more...] about Dodgers get 19 hits in rout of Diamondbacks
Rockies 15, Diamondbacks 6At Salt River Fields SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — David Dahl crept through the early stages of the Cactus League with little to show at the plate. In his return from a season-wrecking rib injury a year ago, the Rockies outfielder was slow to find his footing. But Dahl on Friday stepped out of an 0-for-15 slump with a game-busting, two-run home run to right-center field and an RBI single for his first hits of spring training in the Rockies’ 15-6 victory over Arizona at Salt River Fields. “I just kind of forgot what happened last week and started a new week,” Dahl said. “Just trying not to think at all and be ready to hit and have fun.’ Dahl entered the fourth inning as a pinch-hitter for Ian Desmond and promptly walked. He jogged after his next at-bat, after turning on a 94 mph fastball from Arizona’s Ryan Atkinson. His third at-bat resulted in a sharp line drive to center field to score Yonathan Daza. “It was a change-up … [Read more...] about David Dahl finally arrives at the plate as Rockies rout the Diamondbacks. “Just trying not to think at all,” he said.