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Tokyo 2020: Baseball fans love giant glove throne players sit on when being driven to field of play at Olympics

BASEBALL at the Tokyo Olympics has captured the imagination of fans with a creative bullpen car.

The vehicle escorts relief pitchers onto the field of play when the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, fatigue or any other reason.



Though many MLB teams no longer use a bullpen car, it has made a big impression in Tokyo.

And that is because it features a rather unique baseball glove chair for the riders to sit in.

It also has an electronic board on the front bumper, with the pitcher being carried resting their feet on artificial grass to get them into the spirit of the match.

The pitcher even sits six feet behind the driver in accordance with social distancing measures.

Team USA reliever Ryder Ryan got to enjoy the glove throne on Friday during an 8-1 win over Israel in the USA's first game of the competition.

Bullpen cars were a regular feature of MLB between 1950 and 1995 but fell out of fashion.

However, in a bid to improve the speed of play the league did discuss reintroducing the vehicles, and in 2018 the Arizona Diamondbacks were the first team to bring the bullpen car back.

And many fans watching the Olympics are thoroughly enjoying the comeback of the Tokyo edition.

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One fan wrote on Twitter: "It may not have any MLB players, but Olympic baseball does have this absolute beauty of a bullpen car."

Another added: "The Olympic Bullpen Car is 5-Stars."

A third jokingly said: "I would pay an irresponsible amount of money to ride in the Olympic bullpen car on which the relievers enter the game."

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