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The Call to the Bullpen is Going Mobile

Dugout Cell Phone
Getty images, photo by Bryce Harper

One of the traditions of baseball is about to get replaced by modern technology. The ‘dugout’ phone is going to be replaced by cell phones. No longer will you see the manager tell the pitching coach to grab the phone on the wall and call the dugout to tell the relief pitcher to get warmed up. In a multimillion dollar deal between Major League Baseball and T-Mobile, the old way of calling the bullpen will be gone.

MLB and T-Mobile made the announcement during the International ‘Consumer Electronics Show’ in Las Vegas. Some ballparks will be on board this year while some will join next year. Each ballpark will have a cell phone tower so there won’t be competition for service.  The cell phones will be tested during the ‘World Baseball Classic’ and if they make the cut, they’ll be called up to the ‘show.’

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