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Tigers adding bullpen carts now, too


The Diamondbacks made news a few weeks back when they announced that they were bringing back that 1970s-80s staple, the bullpen cart. They played their first game last night and, sadly, none of the nine — nine?! — nine relievers who appeared in the contest chose to use the bullpen cart. Given that a sponsor is paying for the cart and the right to plaster its name on it, I suppose someone will send the bullpen coach a sternly-worded memo soon.

Now another team has announced that it is getting on the bullpen cart express. The Tigers:

Not sure what the motive for a bullpen cart would be absent sponsorship, so I presume we’ll hear that Chevy or someone has stepped up to the plate on this soon.

In other news, a bullpen cart is not the greatest indignity to which Tigers relievers have ever been subjected. Back when they played in Tiger Stadium they used to make ’em sit in a subterranean cage sort of like the one Chuck Norris was stuck in in the “Missing in Action” films:

They looked nicer before the stadium was abandoned. But not that much nicer, truth be told. Imagine sharing that space with Aurelio Lopez. I’m pretty sure John Hiller lost years of his life as a result of sitting in that thing.


The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.