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1. Baseball
a. An area where relief pitchers warm up during a game.
b. The relief pitchers of a team considered as a group.
2. A temporary holding area for prisoners, as in a courthouse.
3. An open area in an office with workspace for a number of employees.

[Earlier, stockade, exercise area for prisoners.]


1. informal US a large cell where prisoners are confined together temporarily
2. (Baseball) a part of a baseball field where relief pitchers warm up
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Noun1.bullpen - a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
ballpark, park - a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games); "take me out to the ballpark"
2.bullpen - a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
jail cell, prison cell, cell - a room where a prisoner is kept
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With no spot for him in the postseason rotation, Maeda willingly took a role as the bullpens specialist against right-handed batters.
We all know the teams that do well in the playoffs usually have the best bullpens.
The bullpens at Dodger Stadium are tucked into dimly lit corners of the outfield, where the relievers spend most of each game both literally and figuratively in the shadows.
Any disappointment for the 46,347 fans at Chavez Ravine about the below-par matchup dissipated when the struggles of Martinez and Lowe and both teams' bullpens led straight into Eric Gagne's first save opportunity in nearly a year.
Vladimir Guerrero had four RBIs, including a two-run home run over both bullpens in left field in the first inning.
Vladimir Guerrero took advantage of Garcia's penchant of always challenging a team's top slugger when he lifted a two-run home run to left field that cleared both bullpens.
We thought we were going to have one of the strongest bullpens.
I try to get in on all the bullpens (pitchers' throwing sessions between starts) and try to get in the (batting) cage whenever I can.
Not when he has the support of one of the league's best bullpens.
I would say I'll be ready to go after maybe two or three more bullpens,'' Perez said.
He's really picked us up and that's what good bullpens do,'' Dodgers catcher Brent Mayne said.
In three-plus years with the Angels, however, he's found a place to call home while being a key component of one of baseball's best bullpens.