THE VIEW FROM THE PEN

Out there behind fences and screens and Plexiglas portholes, the denizens of the bullpen live on the fringes of the game, in a peculiar world of their own
April 15, 1990

From their sturdy steel perch, Oriole relievers spy on a game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Bullpen calisthenics: biceps puffing by Dodger coach Mark Cresse, finger forking by the White Sox' Donn Pall, phone lifting by Angel coach Joe Coleman.

If the hand signals by Cardinal relievers are any indication, this game is no nail-biter.

In a caged cranny of Dodger Stadium, the bullpen boys provide a sideshow for fans in the cheap seats

The legendary bullpen at Comiskey Park in Chicago has all the charm of a medieval dungeon.

Ibstructed views: Watchful eyes peer through a scratched window at Shea Stadium and through a crack in the gate to the Dodger bullpen.

The hot lights of Dodger Stadium brighten the field, but a reliever's warmup is still in the shadows.

Diligent Dodger fans have learned the rewards of seeking out the pen with a pencil.

The bullpen at Shea is no garden spot, but the grounds crew can grow tomatoes and peppers there.

Home improvements: Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook tidies up the dirt; Oriole bullpen catcher Sammy Snider and reliever Gregg Olson sharpen their control by doing battle with bugs.

California coach Rick Turner and a fan exchange niceties, but during a losing streak the socializing can turn nasty.

Bob McClure of the Angels employs the right tool—the bullpen in Anaheim Stadium is 362 feet from home plate.

It's not always exciting, but these Angels would admit there are worse ways to make a living.

TWO PHOTOSJERRY WACHTER FIVE PHOTOSANDREW D. BERNSTEIN TWO PHOTOSBILL SMITH FOUR PHOTOSV.J. LOVERO THREE PHOTOSCHUCK SOLOMON PHOTOAL TIELEMANS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)