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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.]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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But it is also a highly visible manifestation of an important truth: Championship teams frequently rebuild their bullpens on the fly, adding critical pieces over the course of the season usually via trade, but sometimes through other means, including waiver-wire pickups, big-league promotions, returns from major injuries or, as in the case of the 2018 Red Sox, 2017 Houston Astros and 2014 San Francisco Giants, pressing starting pitchers into high-pressure relief duty.
In a winner-take-all game, expect the two bullpens to ultimately decide Wednesday's contest.
As competent relievers replaced lesser starters in bullpens, pulling the starting pitcher no longer meant a probable dropoff in effectiveness.
Lauded throughout his lengthy managerial career as someone who is adept at handling his personnel, especially his bullpens, Showalter said there was no great thought given to putting Britton into the closer's role in 2014.
Bobby Valentine was fond of saying that bullpens win pennants.
The first use of this technology will be in a wireless voice system connecting managers in select Major League dugouts to coaches in bullpens. This dugout-to-bullpen system will start to roll out in 2013 and the new On-Field Communication System solution will offer greater mobility as well as options for future innovation within the game.
Both teams rebuilt their bullpens in July and August through trades, moves that would eventually pay off this month, but just to get here, the Cardinals had to rally from 10 and a half games back in late August to sneak into the playoffs via the National League wild card.
Less than half of new media employees are still housed in the open format workspaces and bullpens that were ubiquitous in the industry five years ago.
As the pitchers progressively work through their bullpens, they will begin to work finer and finer until they master control, which will usually happen after the coach has forced them to hit smaller, more specific targets.
"It's pretty much an industrywide concern right now, not just here," Maddon said of bullpens. "If you look at a lot of teams, they've been struggling in the bullpen.
and two worn out bullpens will decide the winner of the 2017 World Series in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.