MLB was in PETA’s sights in 2021. In case you missed it, PETAthe animal rights nonprofit called out Major League Baseball for calling the pitching warm-up area a “bullpen.”

According to PETA, cows and bulls are often housed in pens before being slaughtered for the meat industry. Thus, according to PETA, the term “bullpen” makes fun of the incredible suffering of animals.

Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of PETA said:

“Words matter, and baseball’s bullpen devalues ​​talented players and mocks the misery of sentient animals. PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players and fans to change their tongues and kiss the “arm barn” instead. »

In October 2021, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Major League Baseball to change the name to “arm barn”.

‘Bullpen’ refers to the area of ​​a ‘bull pen’ where bulls are held before being slaughtered – it’s a word with speciesist roots and we can do better than that. Switching to “arm barn” would be a home run for baseball fans, players and animals 💪⚾️ https://t.co/2FzSpDG9mQ

“‘Bullpen’ refers to the area of ​​a ‘bull pen’ where bulls are held before they are slaughtered – it’s a word with speciesist roots and we can do better than that. Skip to the “barn at arms” would be a home run for baseball fans, players and animals alike.” – @PETA

MLB fans didn’t miss the chance to mock PETA’s appeal.

Only way I call it “arm barn” is if it looks like this next year https://t.co/EOGGW2eXBL

“The only way I call it ‘arm barn’ is if it looks like this next year.” – Dave

Even MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays have joined in the meme fest.

Tired: Arm Barn Wired: Ray Tank

“Tired: Arm Barn; Wired: Ray Tank.” – Tampa Bay Rays

How is the MLB pitching warm-up area known as the “bullpen”?

“Bullpen” has been used in MLB for a century

Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox

According to an ESPN articlePaul Dickson explains the origin of the term in his book “The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary”.

According to Paul, the term was first used to refer to the area where baseball pitchers warm up in the December 1915 issue of Baseball Magazine. Since the exterior wall of almost every baseball stadium had a giant bull shaped billboard which served as a warm-up area for relievers, the area eventually earned the nickname “relevator”.


Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt

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