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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 Hire Matt Herges As Pitching Coach

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Matt Herges as their new pitching coach, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Herges will join the DBacks staff after spending the past two seasons as the bullpen coach of the San Francisco Giants.

Herges takes over for Mike Butcher in Arizona.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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