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Question about the bullpen


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Does anybody know who are the guys that catch in the bullpen? Are they back ups players, coaches, the bullpen version of the ball boy, or something else all together? Everybody I've asked didn't have a clue either.

It's just something that I've always wondered.

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Sometimes the backup catcher is in the bullpen. I've seen Jason Varitek come into the game from the bullpen.

That might have more to do with the location of the bullpen, however. It's easier to get there from the bench if it's in foul territory rather than beyond the outfield wall.

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I'd guess most teams have multiple bullpen "coaches" (or bullpen catchers), since they often have two pitchers warming up simultaneously.

I wonder who answers the bullpen phone when it rings, if the coaches are catching? Does whoever happens to be sitting there answer it? Also, who's responsibility is it to watch for the manager's signal when he's making the call to the 'pen?

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I'd guess most teams have multiple bullpen "coaches" (or bullpen catchers), since they often have two pitchers warming up simultaneously.

I wonder who answers the bullpen phone when it rings, if the coaches are catching? Does whoever happens to be sitting there answer it? Also, who's responsibility is it to watch for the manager's signal when he's making the call to the 'pen?

Because I've taken pictures of most everything that happens at a ballpark...

Jays pitcher Brian Tallet answering the bullpen phone, presumably because all the coaches were unavailable

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