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Nationals' bullpen cart tryout opens door another crack for old-school novelty

Baseball null WASHINGTON — Baseball fans are bitterly divided over pitch clocks, the shift, universal adoption of the designated hitter. But who doesn’t love bullpen carts?Maybe not everybody. But enough fans love them for more than 400 people to apply to drive the Nationals’ cart for the 2019 season, and the 21 candidates chosen to try out Tuesday morning at Nationals Park saw no downside to the return of a 1970s ballpark staple. MORE: Sporting News All-Star cards return in 2019 Topps Heritage set“It just sounded like a fun opportunity and, if you were lucky enough to do it, to get to be on the field of a major league baseball stadium, be around the players, interacting with them in some way,’’ said Jay, from Loudoun County in the northern Virginia suburbs. (The team requested that full names not be published.) He added that he has two young sons, and that, “Maybe getting to see me driving the cart out on the field would be really exciting for them as well as me.’’For now, the Nationals are one of three teams that definitely will use the夜网论坛 carts in 2019; all three — the Diamondbacks and Tigers are the others — had them available for relievers last season. The Mets teased a return of their cart last December when they brought reliever Jeurys Familia to the announcement of his signing in one, and at last year’s spring trainin[......]

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