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Cub Tracks’ man of Steele

Read all about it! #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. 10-4, good buddy. Justin Steele keeps on truckin’.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

The Three Laws of Robotic Umps (with apologies to Isaac Asimov)

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.

Cub Tracks welcomes the robot overlords, as always.

Miguel Amaya looked pretty good. Is he MLB-ready? What to do about Tucker Barnhart? Eric Hosmer? David Ross? All three have gathered some rather pointed commentary out there in the blogoverse. Doubtless you have your own opinions.

In the meantime, the Cubs gave the ball to the best pitcher in baseball™, Justin Steele (5-0, 1.45) trying to avert the dreaded sweep by the stinkin’ Cardinals, who offered up Jordan Montgomery (2-4, 3.29) in a battle of southpaws. Steele won the decision.

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