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Diamondbacks To Use Bullpen Carts At Chase Field This Season

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Early Tuesday morning, the Arizona Diamondbacks made this announcement as they close in on their 20th anniversary season:

That’s right, the old-school prop is making a comeback.

According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the last known use of a motorized vehicle used by a Major League team was in 1995, when the Milwaukee Brewers used a motorcycle with a sidecar.

“A couple guys used it, as I recall,” said Diamondbacks bullpen coach Mike Fetters, who closed for Milwaukee that season. “They both got beat up in the game and no one ever used it again.”

Why would this be any different? Why would Major League relief pitchers, who are extremely conditioned (most of them anyway), want to sit in a cart rather than stay loose by taking the 15-20 seconds to jog out to the mound which has been par for the course for decades?

Is baseball becoming that lazy? Barstool Sports’ KFC thinks so.

At least the OnTrac cart will be optional for home and away relievers alike, who elect not to be lazy:

Diamondbacks president/CEO Derrick Hall made the following statement:

“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. 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.”

Obviously, the bullpen cart will be fun and entertaining for the fans. But I think that’s the only reason the Diamondbacks are bringing it back. Ratings, for their 20th anniversary of being a franchise. That’s it.

Also, if not enough pitchers want to ride in it out to the mound, will the OnTrac cart be short lived this season at Chase Field? We can only wait and see, as well as if any more teams follow suit with this idea for the upcoming season. Honestly, I’d be surprised if they did.

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Diamondbacks Exercise Option on Paul Goldschmidt

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised the club option on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.

With the option, Goldschmidt will earn $14.5 million in lieu of a $2 million buyout.

Goldschmidt posted a slash line of .290/.389/.533 to go along with 33 home runs during the 2018 season.

 

 

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Diamondbacks Acquire Patrick Kivlehan

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired utilityman Patrick Kivlehan from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the team.

To create room on the 40-man roster, Arizona shifted outfielder Jarrod Dyson to the 60-day DL.

Kivlehan, 28, has had a solid season in Triple A, posting a .314/.372/.588 slashline with twenty home runs.

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Diamondbacks To Re-Sign Randall Delgado

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are re-signing right handed pitcher Randall Delgado on a minor league contract, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Delgado was designated for assignment back in July and he has missed a big chunk of the 2018 season while recovering from an oblique injury that initially placed him on the 60-day disabled list, preventing him from officially starting his season until July.

A dip in velocity was noticed when Delgado returned, but he has a history of solid bullpen work with the Dbacks.

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