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Diamondbacks bringing back bullpen cart

NLCS: Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 1

PHOENIX - OCTOBER 11: A general view of the exterior of Chase Field prior to Game One of the National League Championship Series between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 11, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they are bringing back a thing that hasn’t existed since before their own franchise did: the bullpen cart.

Back in the 1960s, 70s and into the 80s a lot of teams experimented with motorized transportation to ferry relief pitchers into the game from the far reaches of the bullpen, which stood, uh, only a few hundred feet away at most. I didn’t necessarily understand the need for a bullpen cart and I still don’t really get the appeal on a personal level, but bullpen carts were kind of fun, right? Decorated golf carts at worst, near works of art when created with care. The Mariners had a bullpen boat, for cryin’ out loud. That was pretty neat. The last one in existence was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a relief pitcher side car used by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995. Since then, they’ve been the stuff of nostalgia.

The Dbacks model is a modern variation on the theme, in that -- like everything else these days -- its got corporate sponsorship: it’ll be called the “OnTrac Bullpen Cart,” sponsored by the OnTrac parcel delivery company. Anything to get an announcer to read a plug, I suppose. Or a blog post to give a brand a shoutout.

Whatever, the thing looks like a bullpen cart:

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I can’t imagine a super intimidating closer using one of those -- “Enter Sandman” or “Hells Bells” lose a bit of their oompf when the pitcher climbs out of that little thing after put-putting to the mound -- but maybe intimidation is overrated?

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