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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 Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Diamondbacks Sign Rob Refsnyder to Minor League Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran utilityman Rob Refsnyder to a minor league contract that also comes with an invitation to Arizona’s big league Spring Training camp, giving Refsnyder a crack at their big league roster, according to an official team announcement via the Reno Aces, Arizona’s minor league affiliate.

Refsnyder bounced between the minors and the big leagues in 2018, posting a .283/.357/.402 slash line at the Triple-A level in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, and hitting .167/.314/.274 for Tampa Bay over 40 big league games.

 

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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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