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October 25, 2011

BP Unfiltered

Some Unsolicited Advice for the Cardinals Coaches

by Colin Wyers

In one of the strangest sequences in memory, the Cardinals sent Lance Lynn to the mound to face Ian Kinsler. Lynn intentionally walked Kinsler - a straight-up intentional walk, not just pitching around the guy. Then Lynn was pulled for Jason Motte. In the post game press conference, Tona La Russa attributed this bizarre set of pitching changes to the fact that the bullpen warmed up the wrong pitcher, sending him Lynn when he was expecting Motte to begin with.

The Cardinals now head to a must-win Game Six, and since this kind of problem could well recur I thought I would provide the Cardinals coaches with a useful tool to prevent a game from hinging on such a seemingly unnecessary mistake. I present to you the NATO phonetic alphabet:

 

Letter

Code word

A

Alpha

B

Bravo

C

Charlie

D

Delta

E

Echo

F

Foxtrot

G

Golf

H

Hotel

I

India

J

Juliet

K

Kilo

L

Lima

M

Mike

N

November

O

Oscar

P

Papa

Q

Quebec

R

Romeo

S

Sierra

T

Tango

U

Uniform

V

Victor

W

Whiskey

X

X-ray

Y

Yankee

Z

Zulu

Now the same communications technology used by our men and women in uniform can be used by our OTHER men in uniform to make sure the correct relief pitcher is warming! It may be easy to confuse "Motte" with "Lynn" (or at least, maybe after I finish this beer it will be). But how can you confuse "Mike-Oscar-Tango-Tango-Echo" with "Lima-Yankee-November-November?" It's fool-proof, I tell you!

Now if only there was a NATO-sanctioned way to tell someone not to tell Allen Craig to head for second base...

Colin Wyers is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Andrew Martinez

Huh, Lynn? Ok.

Oct 24, 2011 21:23 PM
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Seth Cohen

Isn't the important question why do they even use those phones? Can't motorola develop some type of headset? Heck, stl calls down there so much they should just keep the line open all the time anyway. How about a text message. Managers should have laptops or tablets anyway.

Oct 24, 2011 21:38 PM
rating: 1
 
deep64blue

Interestingly enough there was an article about this the other day - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/sports/baseball/world-series-dugout-phones-last-bastion-of-the-landline.html

Oct 24, 2011 21:50 PM
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harderj

Yep, which included an instance where the bullpen phone wasn't completely hung up, so it was constantly busy...

Oct 25, 2011 02:03 AM
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jmercan

Text, Twitter, something.

Oct 25, 2011 07:59 AM
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Joe D.

Fool-proof? Yeah, surrrreee...

$20 says the first time LaRussa requests "Lima-Yankee-November-November," he gets Jose Lima trotting in from the bullpen.

"Tony, I distinctly heard you say Lima, what are you on about?"

Oct 25, 2011 08:35 AM
rating: 2
 
comish4lif

You mean the late Jose Lima?

Oct 25, 2011 11:37 AM
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Brian Kopec

I'd pay to watch Zombie Lima-Time.

Oct 27, 2011 10:38 AM
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comish4lif

It would take longer to ask for: Romeo-Zulu-Echo-Papa-Charlie-Zulu-Yankee-November-Sierra-Kilo-India than for that guy to get warm.

Oct 25, 2011 09:05 AM
rating: 5
 
BP staff member Mike Fast
BP staff

Especially if you spell it wrong and have to start over.

Oct 25, 2011 10:09 AM
 
Randy Brown
(189)

Two words: carrier pigeon.

Imagine all the broadcast gold from Buck and McCarver as TLR ties a note to one of the pigeon's legs. Does he want Motte to get loose? Is he ordering a rum and coke? Let's see if one of the cameras was able to zoom in and see what he was writing!!

Oct 25, 2011 11:29 AM
rating: 2
 
BP staff member Dave Pease
BP staff
(2)

good options for tlr at 2 min, 54 sec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-S-eeInJVk&t=2m54s

and 3 min, 25 sec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-S-eeInJVk&t=3m25s

Oct 25, 2011 20:41 PM
 
BP staff member Steven Goldman
BP staff

Casey Stengel once called for a relief pitcher with a railroad lantern, the point being to suggest to the ump that the game should be called on account of darkness. He got run.

Oct 26, 2011 01:00 AM
 
jalee121

If only there was some kind of device that could send and receieve short messages in a readable text format.

Oct 26, 2011 10:08 AM
rating: 4
 
Brian Cartwright

But I think there's a rule against electronic devices in the dugout

Oct 31, 2011 16:20 PM
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