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PETA wants MLB to turn ‘bullpen’ into ‘hand barn’, and not everyone is against the idea


Houston Astros No.65 Jose Urquidy warms up in the reliever box ahead of World Series Game 2 in Houston. (Elsa / Getty Images)

(KRON) – Activist group PETA is hoping to grab Major League Baseball’s attention with a new name for what’s known as the ‘reliever box,’ or the area where relief pitchers warm up before heading to the mound.

“‘Bullpen’ refers to the area of ​​a ‘bull’s pen’ where bulls are held before being slaughtered – it’s a word with speciesist roots and we can do better than that,” PETA wrote on social networks.

Their proposal? Replace “lifters” with “arm barn”.

“Words matter, and baseball ‘pens’ devalue talented players and poke fun at the misery of sentient animals,” said Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA, in a press release earlier this week. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players and fans to change their tongue out and kiss the “arm barn” instead.

Regarding “the bullpen”, there are several different theories where the term comes from.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest recorded use of “bullpen” in baseball is in a Cincinnati Enquirer article published May 7, 1877. As writer OP Caylor noted in a recap of the game, his ” three for a quarter crowd “has lost its usefulness. The bleachers just north of the old pavilion now accommodate the inexpensive crowd, who arrive at the end of the first round with a discount.

But as ESPN once noted, early uses of the “reliever pen”, including the one above, referred to a “demarcated area in treacherous territory from which fans arriving late could watch the game. match”. The term “bullpen” was associated with backup pitchers around the turn of the century, when many outfield fences had advertisements for Bull Durham tobacco, according to another theory. The pitching warm-up area was located near those fences, giving rise to a new use of “lifters,” ESPN explained of the theory.

In both cases, the “reliever pen” has been used to refer to the relief area (or relief pitchers of a team) over the past century. But that does not mean that “the hand barn” is not spreading.

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier begged MLB to “Please name it that way” on Twitter, and broadcasters for both ESPN and CBS Sports have used it – jokingly or not – to comment on the current World Series.

“The astro are deep in the barn of the arm this gameCBS Sports tweeted in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.




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