Relief Underway

MS Relief Seattle Mariners

Remember when relief pitchers were driven in from the bullpen in golf carts and other funny little vehicles? Here’s a picture of the short lived MS Relief, the Seattle Mariners tugboat shaped bullpen car in 1982. 

The bullpen cart fad reached its nadir when the Mariners customized theirs in the shape of a tugboat. The pitchers were so embarrassed by its appearance that they refused to ride in it, so they would trot to the mound with the tugboat following behind in slow pursuit. (After enduring sights like that, it’s no wonder Seattle fans are feeling a little giddy about the team’s record this summer.) (

Unfortunately, MS Relief really wasn’t any; the M’s finished in last place with 60-102 record.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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  1. Good Morning Peter,

    Got a kick out of this. My first Vessel Assist boat was named RELIEF. She was a 21′ Shamrock. Tow several boats in the 50′ to 70′ range with her.

    She took a licking and kept on ticking.

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