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(ESPN)   Major League Baseball switches from land line dugout phones to cellphones, making it easy for Cubs' manager to just text "Help"   (espn.go.com) divider line 40
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2013-01-11 08:40:08 AM
Good luck with the roaming charges in Toronto.
 
2013-01-11 08:40:34 AM
Press: Why didn't you go to your closer with a two run lead in the ninth?
Manager: I couldn't get a signal in the eighth to have him start warming up.
 
2013-01-11 08:45:38 AM
This is an outrage. What about tradition.
 
2013-01-11 08:51:04 AM
Back in my day, not only did you have to use an oversized landline phone, but the reliever needed a special car to make it all the way from the outfield fence to the mound.
 
2013-01-11 09:03:12 AM

chimp_ninja: Back in my day, not only did you have to use an oversized landline phone, but the reliever needed a special car to make it all the way from the outfield fence to the mound pitchers were expected to pitch the complete game.

 
2013-01-11 09:25:19 AM
T-Mobile? So, both the bullpen coach and the dugout manager will have to stand, very still, in one particular spot so that the phones will actually get a consistent signal?
 
2013-01-11 09:26:51 AM
FTFA: In Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood what manager Tony LaRussa was saying. Lilliquist warmed up the wrong pitchers, sending in reliever Lance Lynn instead of closer Jason Motte.

And they think that switching to cell phones will help? Are they out of their fricking minds? Evidently, nobody at MLB has listened critically to the difference in voice quality between a landline phone and a cell phone. I expect more FAILs of this sort with the cell phones.
 
2013-01-11 09:30:15 AM

Fubegra: FTFA: In Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood what manager Tony LaRussa was saying. Lilliquist warmed up the wrong pitchers, sending in reliever Lance Lynn instead of closer Jason Motte.

And they think that switching to cell phones will help? Are they out of their fricking minds? Evidently, nobody at MLB has listened critically to the difference in voice quality between a landline phone and a cell phone. I expect more FAILs of this sort with the cell phones.


Or you know they could text. But then Auto-Correct will be an issue.
 
2013-01-11 09:31:45 AM
In any crowded ballpark cell service goes to shiat. this is a dumb idea. just slap whatever logo on the handset and call it a day.
 
2013-01-11 09:38:17 AM
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Can you beer me now?
 
2013-01-11 09:43:12 AM

Joe_diGriz: T-Mobile?


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2013-01-11 09:47:15 AM
This is a bad idea. Fer chrissakes.....it's like a hundred yards between a bullpen and the dugout. What moron thought wireless would be better a simple hardwired phone rig?
 
2013-01-11 09:47:21 AM
Wait, how does this make sense? It's not like the bullpen needs to order pizzas or something, how does making them connect to a tower and have an actual number make this work any better? Couldn't you just see someone figuring out the Cubs' bullpen number and trolling the hell out of it by making it busy for the entire eighth inning or something?

With a landline, it's basically a closed system - there's no way in or out, so you don't have to worry about anything except picking the phone up on one end and having it ring on the other. This is definitely one instance where the old technology is far superior to the new stuff.
 
2013-01-11 09:47:52 AM

funk_soul_bubby: Joe_diGriz: T-Mobile?

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That girl needs a sammich.
 
2013-01-11 09:52:04 AM
OMG Pettite sux wrm up Srino.
 
2013-01-11 09:55:17 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: This is a bad idea. Fer chrissakes.....it's like a hundred yards between a bullpen and the dugout. What moron thought wireless would be better a simple hardwired phone rig?


It's not about a better service, it's about a bu$ine$$ partnership with T-Mobile. And T-Mobile ads will now be plastered all over the bullpen. And everytime the manager picks up the phone, the broadcasters will be required to read a T-Mobile ad.
 
2013-01-11 09:56:18 AM
I can't wait to see Joe Maddon texting Jim Hickey while they're standing next to each other.
 
2013-01-11 10:01:44 AM

tricycleracer: I can't wait to see Joe Maddon texting Jim Hickey while they're standing next to each other.


It will be great fun seeing Jim Leyland struggling to figure out his bullpen phone this season.  Expect many complete games from the Tigers' starting rotation.
 
2013-01-11 10:01:48 AM

phyrkrakr: Wait, how does this make sense? It's not like the bullpen needs to order pizzas or something, how does making them connect to a tower and have an actual number make this work any better? Couldn't you just see someone figuring out the Cubs' bullpen number and trolling the hell out of it by making it busy for the entire eighth inning or something?


Or you could just try reading the first couple paragraphs of the article...
 
2013-01-11 10:07:06 AM
They're giving every team Samsung Galaxys. Can't wait for Jim Leyland to try to figure out a touch screen to call in a reliever.

They're still allowed to use the landline though. For one season, then when T-Mobile realizes that 100% of the managers use the land line, those will be taken out.
 
2013-01-11 10:10:54 AM

wxboy: tricycleracer: I can't wait to see Joe Maddon texting Jim Hickey while they're standing next to each other.

It will be great fun seeing Jim Leyland struggling to figure out his bullpen phone this season.  Expect many complete games from the Tigers' starting rotation.


He'll walk out to the mound and Verlander will get ready to hand the ball over but Jim just needs help beating a level of Angry Birds.
 
2013-01-11 10:11:19 AM
Let the hacking begin!

"Coach, this is the manager speaking. I want the closer and the bullpen catcher to switch places. Get ol' Bowlegs warmed up and send him in!"
 
2013-01-11 10:12:52 AM

Cornelius Dribble: Let the hacking begin!

"Coach, this is the manager speaking. I want the closer and the bullpen catcher to switch places. Get ol' Bowlegs warmed up and send him in!"


Finally RTFA:

T-Mobile built the new On-Field Communication System, which is encrypted and won't be compromised by the in-stadium wireless used by fans.

Never mind.
 
2013-01-11 10:25:28 AM

Cornelius Dribble: T-Mobile built the new On-Field Communication System, which is encrypted and won't be compromised by the in-stadium wireless used by fans.

Never mind.


Hooray creating expensive products to replace products that already worked fine!

/FFS use a two tin cans and some string
//maybe have one of the fatass coaches jog down to the bullpen
 
2013-01-11 10:44:05 AM

wxboy: tricycleracer: I can't wait to see Joe Maddon texting Jim Hickey while they're standing next to each other.

It will be great fun seeing Jim Leyland struggling to figure out his bullpen phone this season.  Expect many complete games from the Tigers' starting rotation.


Jim has a great, old school move when he calls the reliever in. Appropriate hand high over head with the wrist cocked.
 
2013-01-11 10:53:25 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: This is a bad idea. Fer chrissakes.....it's like a hundred yards between a bullpen and the dugout. What moron thought wireless would be better a simple hardwired phone rig?


$PONSOR$
 
2013-01-11 11:02:43 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: funk_soul_bubby: Joe_diGriz: T-Mobile?

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That girl needs a sammich.


I could feed her my cocktail weenie, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

On point, unless the MLB teams that go with this are getting a huge kickback, I do not see how this affects any of the teams.
 
2013-01-11 11:20:46 AM
As much fun as we're having with this, how is this really much different from what football already uses for communication?
 
2013-01-11 11:51:35 AM

The Bestest: As much fun as we're having with this, how is this really much different from what football already uses for communication?


From the quick glimpses of the sidelines that you get on TV, most everything in football is wired. Obviously the in-helmet stuff is not, but it is a one-way speaker, not a phone.
 
2013-01-11 12:05:14 PM
Dusty Baker: 1 more inning. LOL
 
2013-01-11 12:19:02 PM
It's going to be funny the first time Jim Leyland

wxboy: tricycleracer: I can't wait to see Joe Maddon texting Jim Hickey while they're standing next to each other.

It will be great fun seeing Jim Leyland struggling to figure out his bullpen phone this season.  Expect many complete games from the Tigers' starting rotation.


That was my same thought.

Plus will they need these phones in places like Wrigley and PacBell/SBC/AT&T where the bullpens are along the foul lines and not in the outfield?
 
2013-01-11 01:38:03 PM
Not only will the Cubs be eliminated by July 1, they'll also have used all their bullpen minutes.
 
2013-01-11 01:54:32 PM
...so will the marlins be using a jitterbug?
 
2013-01-11 04:56:20 PM

Champion of the Sun: They're giving every team Samsung Galaxys. Can't wait for Jim Leyland to try to figure out a touch screen to call in a reliever.

They're still allowed to use the landline though. For one season, then when T-Mobile realizes that 100% of the managers use the land line, those will be taken out.


Guys like Leland will still use the landlines, but the younger coaches, trainers, doctors, etc will know what's going to happen before anyone else with their Galaxys. Also, it'll be easier to ship all of the data upstairs; they have people that already do this, it just allows for (more accurate) real time information.

I'm surprised they don't have the ball chipped by now.

/refuses to carry a smart phone
//Go Tiggies!
 
paj
2013-01-11 05:02:40 PM
How long before some jackhole brings a cellphone-jammer to the park and sits in the outfield cheap seats? This is dumb.
 
2013-01-11 06:06:57 PM
The T-Mobile phone won't be used in Toronto (team owned by Rogers Communications), won't be used at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, or at New Yankee's Stadium (they have other cell deals).
 
2013-01-11 07:51:02 PM

ChrisDe: Not only will the Cubs be eliminated by July 1, they'll also have used all their bullpen minutes.


Ok, that was funny.

Every year, as a Pirate fan, I promise myself not to laugh at anything Cubs related regarding their futility.

I fail every year, only this year I expected to make it out of January.
 
2013-01-11 11:50:37 PM

funk_soul_bubby: Joe_diGriz: T-Mobile?

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i like how you think

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2013-01-12 12:07:03 AM
I could understand if it was Nextel or some other chirp chirp company. T-Moble though? This should end well.
 
2013-01-12 01:13:21 AM
Seems that it's not much more just an in-dugout advertisement. Four teams have already opted out completely because of existing sponsorships, and I assume that few teams will actually use the phones instead of the landline.

Made more sense when I thought the manager would use it almost like a tablet/PDA to look up splits and other stats more easily and could communicate with front office staff before actually making decisions. For example, in the Buchholz no-hitter, Francona was debating pulling him out as he neared 140 pitches. Perhaps front office staff would have been more helpful in keeping him in or taking him out. Unfortunately, it appears that communication like this won't even be allowed because of the dugout only network thing.
 
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