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Behold: The Athletics deploy twin batting cages

Feb 21, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

Reporters at A’s camp are raving about and taking pictures of the double batting cages Bob Melvin and crew are deploying in Phoenix today:

That is cool. It’s rather gobsmacking to me that no one had thought of that before. Or, at the very least, hadn’t used it recently. It seems kind of obvious.

Not that I thought of it. Or you either. I’m sure there’s some saying about genius being the stuff that, the moment we’re presented with it, suddenly seems obvious.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    So, if my calculations are correct, the A’s hitters will be twice as good this season, right?

    • rje49 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Yes, but only if the pitcher is throwing no more than 50 mph.

  2. sdelmonte - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    It’s like the few times two space shuttles were on the pads at Cape Kennedy.

  3. El Bravo - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Why stop there?

    • chacochicken - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      What? Do you think the A’s are made of money?

      • dinofrank60 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        They got more cash than you think.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        They can use all that money from the Pepsi machine.

  4. Bob Timmermann - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    The Japanese have used dual batting cages for decades.

    • misterschmo - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Let’s not go too far in emulating Japan. Else you might see a double deck design like they have on their driving ranges.

      • daveitsgood - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Double deck design batting cages? That.Would.Be.Amazing.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Not that I thought of it. Or you either. I’m sure there’s some saying about genius being the stuff that, the moment we’re presented with it, suddenly seems obvious.

    Kind of like The Wheel.

    • jm91rs - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I totally would have thought of the wheel on my own if I had been around that long ago.

  6. kiwicricket - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Not sure what the guy in the left is practicing?

  7. billybawl - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Teams stuck in the past using one cage on a single field is the new market inefficiency.

  8. The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I imagine there’s some increased danger for the pitchers because they’re not going to be watching the batter in the other cage for comebackers. I have no idea how well those fences actually protect guys, but I guess it’s sufficient?

  9. digbysellers - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    That’s not gritty enough for me sorry.

  10. Caught Looking - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Billy Beane continues to find the inefficiencies in the system.

  11. NatsLady - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Slow, slow, slow news day…

  12. bh192012 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Now witness the power of our fully operational twin batting cages.

    • infieldhit - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      It’s a trap!

    • sandwiches4ever - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      It’s a tarp!

  13. scatterbrian - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Next will be double-decker batting cages similar downtown driving ranges.

  14. grumpyoleman - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I’m more impressed by Kate Upton’s twins cage

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    It slices, it dices, it’s TWO batting cages in one! Never again will you be held back by your GRANDFATHERS batting cage! And here’s the best part! Now you can own your own turbo batting cage 3000! How much do you think such a thing would cost? $4,000? $5,000? $10,000? Not if you buy today! Our special turbo batting cage 3000 which was designed using the same principals that NASA used to launch a shuttle into OUTERSPACE can be yours for only 50 small payments of 19.99 + tax! And if you act now, we’ll throw in this luxury bat cover as our FREE GIFT!

    • infieldhit - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      This is insane! Those prices are so low!!

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        You would be CRAZY not to buy this! Right now! I didn’t know how I lived without my turbo batting cage 3000! I would gladly pay two, no THREE times that amount! What about you Karen?

    • rje49 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM


      • dmoas - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        For the low low price of $19.99 we’ll DOUBLE our offer!

  16. crackersnap - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Some day maybe teams will find the expertise and technology to go well beyond the bleeding-edge dual cage designs of today. Maybe, just maybe, they will get to 12 simultaneous cages, or even 18!

    Of course, teams won’t have that many coaches to toss live to all those concurrent batters. So they will have to upgrade to machines. And feeding those machines will need some sort of automated system. And the chaos of all those batters hitting baseballs at once will require some sort of netting complex. This all might be expensive, so owners might negotiate with the players on some future CBA and require the players to use their own quarters, or sell them tokens or some such. And all this will create quite a spectacle and draw lots of fans, so teams might to have something else for fans to do during down times, like play mini-golf or video games.

    Yeah, Beane really is on to something right there!

  17. infieldhit - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    So how long until the Minnesota Twins file a lawsuit?

  18. rpb1234 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    They should hire switch-pitching Yankee prospect Pat Vendette to pitch to both batters simultaneously

  19. onbucky96 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    But have the fixed the sewers at Al Davis Memorial Coliseum?

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