As MLB takes on the World Series and picks up the national conversation regarding the Braves’ team name and “The Chop,” PETA called on the league to rename the barn-arm reliever pen, saying the current term is “obsolete”.
“Bullpen,” as many baseball fans know, is the area where pitchers warm up.
“Words matter, and baseball ‘pens’ devalue talented players and poke fun at the misery of sentient animals,” said Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA. A press release. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, advertisers, players and fans to switch their tongue out and kiss the “arm barn” instead.
PETA stressed that its motto read, in part, “animals are not ours to abuse”, adding that it “opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview of man”.
What is a literal enclosure?
The animal rights group tweeted Thursday that a “bullpen” refers to the area in a bull pen where they “are kept before being slaughtered.”
PETA mentioned in its press release that the term is also used in rodeos, the area being where they are “tormented by kicking and kicking by being electroshocked or pushed.”
Where does the term come from within MLB?
The origin of the “bullpen” in Major League Baseball is much disputed, but there are several popular theories.
One of the main possibilities is that Cincinnati Applicant writer OP Caylor coined the term during a recap of the 1877 game. He wrote: “The Cincinnati Field Bull Pen with its ‘three-for-a-quarter crowd’ has lost its usefulness. The bleachers just north of the old pavilion now accommodate the inexpensive crowd, who arrive at the end of the round with a discount.
Others have speculated that “lifters” came from the advertisements for Durham’s “Bull” tobacco, which adorned many exterior walls. The lifters warmed up behind these billboards with cattle on them.
The list goes on.
Why rename it as a “hand barn”?
The proposed new name would highlight the launcher’s throwing appendix; However, according to the Urban Dictionary, “arm grange” is a vulgar slang expression.
What do fans think of the suggested movement?
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