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The Coors Field visitor bullpens are awesome

Sep 15, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

There’s a story in the San Diego Union Tribune today about how great the visitor’s bullpen is in Colorado. It’s set among all that landscaping you can see when you look out towards centerfield, and according to the Padres relievers, it’s simply lovely.

“They made it look like we’re in the Rockies with the trees. You can
follow a trail out of the visitors’ bullpen that goes behind the
waterfall and around the lake,” said Heath Bell. “It’s very peaceful, almost zen-like. Why is it so nice?” said Adam Russell. Luke Gregrson has a mixed take, but on the whole it sounds nice: “It’s like throwing in a wooded glen. I keep waiting for some animal to jump out of the trees and attack us.”

There’s mention in the piece of some of the worst visitors bullpens, many of which seem designed to make the visiting relievers uncomfortable. Good reading.

On that score, though, none can beat the pens in Tiger Stadium.  You used to warm up on the sidelines like you do in a lot of old parks. But the relievers “bench” resembled the tiger cage Chuck Norris was stuffed into in those “Missing in Action” movies. Here’s a pic.

When I was a kid going to that park I used to think they were cool. Like little forts.  Being shoved in there as a grownup with mild claustrophobia issues, however, seems like it would be torture, even if the whole point of it was player safety.

  1. Tracy - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I recall an SI article circa 1990 where Dan Quisenberry was asked about bullpens. He compared the Tiger Stadium visitors bullpen to “Das Boot.”

  2. Omega - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Here in Denver, we know how to treat our guests :-)

  3. geoknows - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    My recollection is that the visitor’s pen in Tiger Stadium was no worse than the home pen, though, isn’t that right?

  4. skitchx48 - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    In Philadelphia, the home bullpen was originally higher up and closer to the walkway where fans could easily be heard by the pitchers. The Phillies’ relievers were heckled so badly by their own fans that the team swapped bullpen locations.

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