Joe Maddon in favor of hilarious bullpen carts


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One of the coolest retro items from baseball's past is back again.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday that they will use a funny helmet-clad bullpen cart for the first time in franchise history. Other teams will probably follow suit with adding novelty carts.

“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,” said Derrick Hall, the Diamondbacks' president, and CEO. “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.”

The last time bullpen carts were seen in the majors was more than twenty years ago.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is excited about the idea of possible bullpen carts across major league baseball.

"I love freaky stuff like that, only if they appropriately paint it up or shrink wrap it appropriately," Maddon told the Athletic's Patrick Mooney. "Just don’t send out a white golf cart with the manufacturer’s name on it. If you’re going to do it, do it right."

Cubs reliever Justin Grimm is also in favor of adding the new transportation for the pitchers.

"I’m into in," he said. "I’m thinking about ways to make the entrance fun. Like they call my name, I tell the driver to scoot over and I’m driving this rig."

In case you were wondering, the first team to use the bullpen cart were the Cleveland Indians way back in 1950.



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