Tigers adding bullpen carts now, too

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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.

 

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.