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KB’s knee, Rizzo’s ejection, Russell’s demotion, and other bullets

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Javy sees what I did there; he has a point
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Well, one out of three is bad. Better than NONE out of three, but still not optimal. Unfortunately for Anthony Rizzo, the strike zone still looks tuned to a dead channel. Bring on the robot umps. I submit for your approval the following:

(I have taken a great deal of liberties with the Three Laws of Robotics in order to bring you the Three Laws of Robot Umps)

1. An umpire may not misidentify a thrown ball or, through misidentification, allow a strike to be called a ball, or conversely, a ball to be called a strike.

2. A robot must correctly interpret the strike zone except where such interpretation would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must make the right call as long as such a determination does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Remember, Craig Kimbrel, the lesson of Pedro Stropfiremen are supposed to put out fires.

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Food for thought:

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