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savafan
06-19-2006, 04:15 PM
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0619mon2-19.html

Had enough of steroids, human-growth hormone, Jason Grimsley and nefarious "whispers" about sainted Arizona Diamondbacks icons?

So have we. What's more, we've discovered the antidote to all those asterisk-additives that are harming the integrity of Major League Baseball.

Why not let robots play shortstop?

Two Arizona State University professors have built the world's first baseball-fielding robot. More along the lines of a robotic golden retriever than a Craig Counsell, the four-wheeled machine can move about 30 feet per second and, according to its inventors, enjoys a .750 fielding percentage. Not great, but not that far off the D-Backs' percentage during their recent Homestand from Hell.

Designers Michael K. McBeath, an ASU psychology professor, and robotics engineering Professor Thomas G. Sugar haven't got all the baseball skills built into their robot yet. It stops ground balls but can't catch anything since it has no "mitt." And it can't throw to first base since it has no "arms."

All in due time: "We're sort of like the Mets," McBeath told the New York Times. "We started out like the Mets of a few years ago. Now we're trying to be more like the Mets of today."

Considering ASU's contributions to the Mars exploration rovers, as well as the enormously successful FIRST Robotics regional competition held annually at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Arizona is making a mark in the robotics field. The unnamed Sugar-McBeath robot is no cutesy play toy, after all. It is a part of a National Science Foundation-sponsored effort to create machines to perform simple human tasks. Getting the robot to play infielder is just a sideline.

Still, it is a sideline that may someday get the attention of chemically enhanced ballplayers.

If ballplayers insist on employing artificial talents, why not take artificiality to its logical conclusion?

Chip R
06-19-2006, 04:17 PM
Just think, you can program them to Play The Game The Right Way and make them Know How To Win. ;)

pedro
06-19-2006, 04:18 PM
I like these robots better.

http://www.capturedbyrobots.com/

dabvu2498
06-19-2006, 04:22 PM
Just think, you can program them to Play The Game The Right Way and make them Know How To Win. ;)
If they're made from recycled parts they're scrappy... literally.

Dunner44
06-19-2006, 04:54 PM
Um, so all this robot does is get in front of the ball if its a grounder? Sounds exciting. My buddy has a dog who can play shortstop too, then.

registerthis
06-19-2006, 05:03 PM
It's only a matter of time before someone starts making noise about repalcing Dunn with a robot.

RFS62
06-19-2006, 05:04 PM
If they're made from recycled parts they're scrappy... literally.



:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

pedro
06-19-2006, 05:12 PM
It's only a matter of time before someone starts making noise about repalcing Dunn with a robot.


A "RichBot 3000" I believe.

KronoRed
06-19-2006, 05:13 PM
I'd like to see robot umps.

zombie-a-go-go
06-19-2006, 05:16 PM
Can it pitch middle relief?

pedro
06-19-2006, 05:16 PM
I'd like to see robot umps.

http://subjunctive.net/images/2005/robojustice.jpg

KronoRed
06-19-2006, 05:16 PM
Can it pitch middle relief?
Who cares it has to be better then Burns:devil:

Chip R
06-19-2006, 05:44 PM
Can it pitch middle relief?

The one on the left could.

http://www.rodserling.com/images/pubCasey01.jpg

gm
06-19-2006, 06:13 PM
Reminds me of the ol' Davy and Goliath cartoon

"Here's Roboto with the pitch..."

Big Klu
06-19-2006, 06:45 PM
All your base are belong to us.