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Topic: Bullpen

  ESPN - Bullpen could be Braves' biggest strength - MLB
It wasn't any one factor that halted the Atlanta Braves' amazing streak of 14 consecutive division titles last year, but the failure of the team's bullpen has to be put at the top of the list.
He compiled a 2.66 ERA pitching out of the bullpen in the final month of last season for Seattle, and the Sox believe his stuff and makeup translate better to short relief.
For now, the Sox bullpen appears to be a mix of aging veterans (Timlin, Tavarez and Donnelly will all be 34 or older by June 1) and younger arms (Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen) who aren't quite ready.
sports.espn.go.com /mlb/hotstove06/columns/story?id=2763130   (1170 words)

  Bullpen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In baseball, the bullpen (sometimes referred to as just "the pen") is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game.
These relievers usually wait in the bullpen when they have yet to play in a game, rather than in the dugout with the rest of the team.
The term was later applied to bullpens in baseball.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bullpen   (467 words)

 Bullpen Buddy
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Bullpen Buddy® is designed with knees and waist for the Major League strike zone and his 5 foot tall height is perfect for Little Leaguers.
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www.jumpusa.com /bullpen_buddy.html   (463 words)

 ESPN.com: MLB - Many clubs facing early bullpen problems
The Braves, who had the best bullpen in baseball last year, lost four-fifths of it in the offseason, leaving three rookies in the pen -- Trey Hodges, Joe Dawley and Jung Keun Bong.
But by June, John Smoltz was the best closer in the league, Mike Remlinger was the premier set-up man, and Chris Hammond was on his way to having one of the most remarkable seasons (a 0.95 ERA) a reliever has had in recent years.
To properly build a bullpen, you first have to know about the guy at the end, but through 10 days of this season, many teams aren't entirely sure about their closer.
espn.go.com /mlb/columns/kurkjian_tim/1537033.html   (740 words)

 Wordorigins.org: Bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The theory that is best supported by the linguistic evidence is that the baseball use of bullpen is simply a specialized use of the term which already carried the meaning of a waiting area.
Bullpen has a long use meaning an enclosed holding area, dating back a more than a century before the baseball sense arose.
Bullpen was used throughout the 19th century to mean a jail cell or prison.
www.wordorigins.org /Words/LetterB/bullpen.html   (608 words)

 SI.com - Writers - John Donovan: Finding top-notch relief the key to building a winner - Thursday April 6, 2006 4:08PM
Robert Beck/SI Your basic middle-grade major league bullpen consists of a decent closer -- no pen is worth its pitching rubbers without a good closer -- and a roster of characters ranging from up-and-coming wannabe starters to older guys with trick pitches or funky deliveries just trying to hang on.
Simply getting that far in building a bullpen is often a hair-pulling process of trial and error and just plain luck.
Of course, it didn't hurt the Padres last season that their rival bullpens in the NL West all crumbled.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /2006/writers/john_donovan/04/06/inside.bullpens/index.html   (647 words)

 USATODAY.com - Braves finally have a reliable bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Braves' bullpen is so strong that manager Bobby Cox is considering a three-man rotation for the NL championship series against Arizona, even though fourth starter Kevin Millwood was added to the roster.
The bullpen always got shortchanged — a weakness they could overcome during the 162-game schedule but not in the playoff setting, where every failure is magnified.
But the biggest change of all occurred when Smoltz, struggling to return from elbow surgery, was shifted to the bullpen to relieve the strain on his right arm.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/braves/2001-10-18-bullpen.htm   (896 words)

 ESPN Page 2 - Lukas: Long live the bullpen car
Historical details are sketchy, but the bullpen vehicle era appears to have begun in 1950, when the Indians introduced a car -- described in a newspaper report as a "little red auto" -- to ferry pitchers to the mound.
Among other behavioral quirks, he refuses to ride in the bullpen buggy, preferring to run to the mound, which at the time is considered a great curiosity.
The Red Sox bullpen buggy was later moved to a souvenir store across the street from Fenway Park.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/page2/story?page=bullpencars/071018   (983 words)

 About Bullpen | Bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The "bullpen," in newsie parlance, is "the open area where the reporters and many editors sit, making calls, writing and gossiping," according to one journalism glossary.
To document their appearances, Professor Mark Dery and a staff of student writers launched Bullpen in fall 2004, as a resource for NYU students, Department faculty, and anyone interested in journalism and the newsmedia.
Produced by NYU's Department of Journalism, BULLPEN is a student-written webzine covering lectures about the writer's art and the news business by leading journalists.
journalism.nyu.edu /pubzone/bullpen/about   (124 words)

 Braves bullpen passes first test of 2007- al.com
Gonzalez was one of the main pieces of the rebuilt bullpen.
He also got Rafael Soriano from Seattle and re-signed Bob Wickman, who stabilized the bullpen after coming over in a late season trade.So when starter John Smoltz left after six innings Monday trailing 3-2, the Braves bullpen got its first chance of the season and everybody held their breath.
That's what we're going to need." Jones admitted that the shaky bullpen last season had an effect on the entire team."We need to feel like whenever we're tied, we're going to win the game," Chipper said.
www.al.com /mlb/lindys/index.ssf?/base/sports/117560550240550.xml&coll=9   (430 words)

 Sports: Bullpen shaken after fan intrusions
Bullpen coach Orlando Gomez said he was caught off guard by the interlopers and was somewhat concerned.
Some of the Rays pitchers were concerned for their safety, especially after the recent problem in Wrigley Field, when players in the Dodgers bullpen went into the stands and fought with fans.
Other Rays said the fans were just on the edge of bullpen area and downplayed the incident.
www.sptimes.com /News/060700/Sports/Bullpen_shaken_after_.shtml   (239 words)

 Beacon Journal | 08/20/2006 | Expect bullpen makeover   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Seldom does a team replace its entire bullpen, but that is the task General Manager Mark Shapiro might be facing once the season ends.
I don't know the last time a team was forced to replace all seven members of its bullpen, but it's indicative of the Indians' disappointing year, in that bad judgment (as well as bad luck) was an important part of the equation.
During the five seasons Shapiro has been GM, he has repeatedly said that assembling a bullpen is a tricky enterprise fraught with danger, and that is true.
www.ohio.com /mld/ohio/sports/15318413.htm   (1035 words)

 How to Effectively Use Your Bullpen by Coach Paul Fletcher
As a minor league pitcher and as a coach the difficulties in properly maintaining and managing a bullpen are many.
At high school and college levels, the bullpen is often nonexistent.
At this point, the best and most effective ways are to have him throw between innings during infield/outfield warmups and to get him loose between at bats down in the bullpen to make sure he gets the feel of a mound.
www.baseballtips.com /bullpen.html   (749 words)

 Reds' bullpen unconventional, unsurpassed
The modern-day bullpen is a place where roles are rigidly defined.
Then you have the Reds' bullpen, where there is no set closer, where set-up men pitch into the ninth, where three- and four-inning saves happen.
The bullpen leads the major leagues in wins (20), ERA (2.95) and opponents batting average (.216).
reds.enquirer.com /1999/07/04/red_reds_bullpen.html   (608 words)

 The Lansing Lugnuts
The minimum order for a half Bullpen Bar and Grille is 20 meals.
The Bullpen would be happy to provide pre-game appetizers for your party.
The Bullpen Bar is stocked with liquor, wine and beer.
www.lansinglugnuts.com /tickets/bullpenmenu.html   (368 words)

 Origin of Bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: )
origin of the term "bullpen" has long been debated in baseball.
While this seems to be the most convincing theory of the terms origin, it should be noted that the term "bullpen" had long been used in the United States to denote either a log enclosure for holding cattle or a holding area for prisoners.
Another theory likens the relief pitchers to the reserve bulls in bullfighting, who are pinned nearby the arena should the starting bull be deemed unable to fight.
www.heckledepot.com /termbullpen.html   (266 words)

 North Park Colorado - The Bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bullpen is the translation for the name the native Indians gave to the North Park area.
The "Bullpen" project is designated as a high priority project for the economic development of the Town of Walden.
To accomplish the objectives of the development of the Bullpen Visitor Center, the Partnership agreed that an initial first step should be the creation of the Virtual "Bullpen" Museum on the Internet and World Wide Web.
www.northpark.org /np/bullpen.htm   (221 words)

 The Bullpen Baker
December 13, 2006 in Behind the Bullpen
"the bullpen baker?" they murmured while furrowing their brows, and they said these had to pass inspection at reception, where there was no guarantee my playfull pitchers would receive these light, flaky pastries full of good cheer, warm wishes, and lots of green and gold spirit.
in fact, when i handed them over, there was a little bullpen huddle on the left side.
bullpenbaker.mlblogs.com /bullpenbaker   (1440 words)

 Bullpen Buddy - BUDDY
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 Sports: Bullpen's reliability remains an issue
ST. PETERSBURG -- The biggest question for the Rays at the start of spring training was the bullpen.
The biggest question at the end is the bullpen.
As the Rays closed the exhibition season Sunday much the way they opened it, blowing a late-inning lead, it is obvious that the reliability of the relief corps is going to be an ongoing issue.
www.sptimes.com /News/040201/news_pf/Sports/Bullpen_s_reliability.shtml   (630 words)

 OMAR'S BULLPEN PAYS OFF By KEVIN KERNAN - New York Post Online Edition: Seven
Bullpens never are more important than in October when close games rule.
Minaya made the deal with the Dodgers to get Duaner Sanchez to shore up the bullpen, and then when Sanchez went down, he picked up Guillermo Mota, another ex-Dodger, to take over the seventh-inning duties, which pushed Aaron Heilman to the eighth, which was Sanchez' role.
Championships are won or lost in the bullpen.
www.nypost.com /seven/10092006/sports/mets/omars_bullpen_pays_off_mets_kevin_kernan.htm?page=0   (780 words)

 Cardinals' young bullpen finally cracks vs. Mets - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Despite the absence of closer Jason Isringhausen, who had season-ending hip surgery in the third week of September, St. Louis' bullpen had allowed just one run this postseason in 20⅔ innings entering Game 4.
But the Cardinals bullpen finally cracked beginning in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium.
After starter Anthony Reyes wiggled his way in and out of trouble the first four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, the Mets didn't let four of the five Cardinals relievers off the hook.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/playoffs/2006-10-16-cardinals-bullpen_x.htm?csp=34   (670 words)

 TDA Bullpen - Our Writers' Blog
The rotation and bullpen are quite raw, though, and the offensive depth is not there, with a mixture of retreads and cast-offs supplementing the home-grown hitters.
The bullpen had a weak spring and remains a concern, but there are a couple of decent arms backing up closer Derrick Turnbow.
The bullpen is among the worst in the league, although closer Jose Valverde has a live arm and will do fine if not overworked.
www.thediamondangle.com /blogger/general.html   (6648 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > San Diego Padres -- Padres to use bullpen in left
One problem: A number of fans had bought season tickets overlooking the left-center bullpen with the understanding that it would be the home bullpen.
The Padres had intended to test both bullpens tonight and tomorrow in the two exhibition games against Seattle that conclude spring training and complete the dress rehearsals for Petco.
Reliever Jay Witasick said if he were a season-ticket holder overlooking the left-center bullpen, he'd prefer to have the other team's bullpen there.
www.signonsandiego.com /sports/padres/20040403-9999-news_1s3padres.html   (447 words)

 Mariners bullpen melts down, gives up 7 runs in loss to White Sox
But even with the rosters expanding for September, Seattle may have been forced to turn to the bullpen too many times with two few weapons left in the arsenal.
That's a point and a half above the bullpen's ERA for the season, and it doesn't count four unearned runs Saturday.
The left-handed rookie, who was pitching out of the bullpen before being pressed into duty, gave the club six innings, although he allowed five runs.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /baseball/286300_mari25.html   (843 words)

 Baseball Toaster: Bronx Banter : IRS: Inverted Reliever Syndrome
Beyond that, last night was symptomatic of the disease that has long plagued Joe Torre's bullpen, it's the missing link between Jeff Weaver Syndrome and Steve Karsay Syndrome.
Your categorization of the bullpen as comprised of high-leverage pitchers and low-leverage pitchers is dead-on.
Bullpen coach has to be a thankless job.
bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com /archives/367829.html   (2480 words)

 Boston.com / Sports / Baseball 2002 Preview
The lowdown: A starter all his life, he reluctantly opened last season in the bullpen.
He didn't allow a run in his first 10 appearances, but he made perhaps his greatest contribution when he posted a 2.04 ERA in six starts in July while filling in as a starter for the injured Martinez.
But the Sox won't need a fifth starter until April 12, and if Burkett is ready by then, Oliver will remain in the bullpen.
www.boston.com /sports/packages/baseball2002/sox_bullpen.htm   (645 words)

 Major League Baseball : News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Manager Joe Torre said before Wednesday's doubleheader that Brown would be in the bullpen, though he wasn't sure whether or not he would pitch in relief.
Brown has pitched out of the bullpen just 10 times in 471 career outings, including seven during the 2001 season with the Dodgers.
Torre isn't sure whether Brown will continue in the bullpen for the entire week, as he may start one of the final two games in Toronto this weekend.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20040929&content_id=875073&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp   (632 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- Astros bullpen blows it late – again
LOUIS – Brad Lidge spent much of the seventh and eighth innings warming up in the bullpen, ready to take his place on the mound.
For the second straight night and the fourth time this postseason, the Astros' leaky bullpen was smacked around late en route to a loss.
Lidge watched the collapse from afar, shaking his head when Rolen's homer plunked down in the Astros' bullpen.
www.signonsandiego.com /sports/baseball/20041014-2127-bbn-nlcs-astrosbadbullpen.html   (407 words)

 Boston Red Sox - Young guns are bolstering the bullpen - The Boston Globe
Boston Red Sox - Young guns are bolstering the bullpen - The Boston Globe
If Javier Lopez can replicate his performance from Saturday the rest of the season -- though improbable -- the Red Sox bullpen could be on its way to forgetting about the inconsistencies and inadequacies it's faced at times.
With Rudy Seanez and Julian Tavarez often struggling and Keith Foulke just trying to get the swelling down in his right elbow, the bullpen's performance Saturday underscored dramatically the meeting manager Terry Francona had with his young relievers six days ago, when he indicated they were going to have some responsibility.
www.boston.com /sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/06/26/young_guns_are_bolstering_the_bullpen   (758 words)

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