• Cell phones replace bullpen phones in dugouts

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Jan 9, 2013
    I'm told the wall phones will remain in the converted dugouts as a means of insurance should something go wrong with the new setup. However, the dugout phones will remain in place in case teams prefer to use them. The wireless phones will have docking stations in both sets of dugouts and bullpens, but managers and coaches can carry them. The communication system uses geofencing, meaning the network won't operate if the phones are taken into seats or the clubhouse. T-Mobile officials say they will make the multiyear partnership work through branding in dugouts and by making the stadium experience better for fans. Louis manager Tony La Russa's instructions were misinterpreted by the bullpen coach and the Cardinals didn't have the right reliever ready to face Texas Rangers slugger Mike Napoli. Oh, and before you make the "good luck getting a reception" zinger, the system will be run with its own dedicated transponders, meaning that Kirk Gibson won't be competing for bandwidth against Diamondbacks fans trying to check their fantasy team scores.
    Source: ESPN.com
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      LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Even dugouts and bullpens might not need that old landline soon.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Bullpen Cell Phones Are Coming To Major League Baseball Next Season

      MLB and T-Mobile just announced a new deal here at CES that'll (maybe? hopefully?) cut down on embarrassing miscommunications between the bench and the pen. Starting next season, clubs will have the option of using dedicated, in-dugout cell phones to he…
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Managers will be able to use cell phones to call bullpens in select stadiums this season

      For the past decade, the Major League Baseball dugout was one of the few places to provide safe harbor for one of technology's most endangered species: The corded wall phone. But with apologies to aural technophobes, that protected habitat is coming to …
      Source: yahoo.com

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