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So where are those fancy pink wireless bullpen phones we were supposed to have?

Apr 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Remember the big splash announcement during the offseason that MLB was teaming up with T-Mobile to give managers wireless bullpen phones? About that:


Not sure what’s to test. My mother has a wireless phone and she still calls the refrigerator the “icebox” and pays for things with checks at the grocery store.

Anyway, once they figure this out, things will presumably be all wireless and futuristic. And we’ll still be using 19th century umpiring technology.

  1. bryceharpersmojo - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Simply put…T-Mobile is horrible service-wise. Has nothing to do with them testing the equipment, no amount of testing will make low budget equipment operate at a high budget level.

    • ishwishfish - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      I have used T-Mobile for years and the service has been fine.

  2. wlschneider09 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Apparently there’s still an issue with a chick on a motorcycle racing from the dugout to the bullpen mid game.

  3. vallewho - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The phones in Cleveland didn’t work yesterday (opening day). I immediately thought about the wireless change-over plan. It’s like they spent more time with the announcement than the implementation.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Inconceivable. You’re such a Negative Nate, I bet you think they’d screw up implementation of replay…too.

  4. ezthinking - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Obviously this is the answer

  5. anarchopurplism - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Just like their 4G LTE Network. Just rebrand HSPA+ as 4G and have a chick dressed in pink drive real fast


  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I say give them giant flags. If it’s good enough to land and launch billion dollar planes off of aircraft carriers, it’s good enough for Joe Maddon and Dusty Baker.

  7. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    you can’t use flaggs because what if there is 2 pitchers warming up in the bullpin

    • DJ MC - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Most bullpen coaches are old enough to have learned semaphore from basic training during the First World War. They’ll be fine.

  8. bolweevils2 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    There may actually be something to test. These are not just regular cell phones on the regular cell phone network. Otherwise every clown with a phone could be calling the bullpen, once the number leaked out, and telling them the get their closer throwing in the third inning. It’s a closed network, presumably using some special frequency, and they likely have to test to make sure there aren’t getting interference from, or being heard by, neighboring frequencies.

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