Managers have been going to the bullpen a lot this postseason, and one organization is calling for a change.
No, not about the game, but rather the term “bullpen” itself.
PETA, the animal rights organization, is proposing Major League Baseball rename the bullpen to a more animal-friendly name. Their suggestion?
The arm barn.
“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,” PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a press release. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to ‘changeup’ their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”
A bullpen, in non-baseball terms, usually refers to a holding area where bulls are kept before being slaughtered.
PETA noted these cows are treated brutally — and are hung upside down with their throats slit in the meat industry. Bulls are also kept in “bullpens” during rodeos, where they are “tormented into kicking and bucking by being electro-shocked or prodded,” according to PETA.
There are plenty of issues and things baseball needs to address to fix the game, but renaming the bullpen to the “arm barn” does not seem like it will be a priority item.