(Copyright Mel Steinhauer all rights reserved) The team dugouts in Major League Baseball are pretty basic and lack many of the comforts for which the players must wait until the game is over. There are no soft couches or big recliners, just a hard wood bench. No refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers or big flat screen tv sets, or anything like that. But the players do have some pretty good seats to watch the game up close, or to study the opposing pitcher in action as they await their turn at bat. There are some bins and shelves to store their favorite bats, batting helmets and things, but that's about it. Cell phones are not allowed but there are some old-fashioned land-line telephones standing by at the ready for emergency situations. Like if the team Manager has to quickly call the Press Box to request a review or playback on the big jumbo screen of a questionable call made by one of the umpires. Or if the pitching staff needs to order a left or right-handed pitcher to start warming up in the bullpen. The coach can also watch the progress of that warmup on the small TV right above the phones. One day during a tour of the Great American Ballpark, I stopped for a moment just to see the... Cincinnati Reds Dugout Hotline.
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July 25th, 2016
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