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Cub Tracks welcomes the robot overlords

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The Three Laws of Robotic Umpires (!)

1. A robotic 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. All calls must be objectively correct.

2. A robotic umpire must objectively and correctly interpret the strike zone except where such interpretation would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robotic umpire must make the objectively correct call as long as such a determination does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

(!) Adapted, of course, from Dr Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics.


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“I think it’s my responsibility. It’s my time. “When I was 20 coming into the game, there were a lot of firsts. Just having Tim Hudson, David Ross, Eric Hinske, Michael Bourn, Martin Prado, Chipper [Jones], Brian McCann, Billy Wagner. People like that just kind of gradually give me information.

“Of course, you gotta be willing to be open to it and want to receive that stuff. But yeah, I feel like it’s just kind of my time, my responsibility to be one of those people that pass things along to the next generation of players.” — Jason Heyward, on his role as clubhouse leader.

Food for thought:

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