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The Miami Marlins new $515 million ballpark is quite the spectacle and a more progressive approach to baseball not seen in most of the throwback stadiums. However, it was a technology that is over 100 years old that caused Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays to grind to a halt.The landline telephones to the bullpen failed.
The Rays were forced to use a substitute to run down to the bullpen, and even tried hand signals (above).
This comes on the heels of the St. Louis Cardinals using the wrong pitcher during the World Series because of a miscommunication using a landline telephone.
It is unclear why Major League Baseball is still using a century-old technology. It can’t be about security as it is not a secret which pitcher is warming up. And arguably, in football, where communication is much more important, they have survived just fine with wireless technology.
Or maybe this is just another case where baseball is trying too hard to appease the purists and is stuck in another era.
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