There’s a show on NESN (carries the Sox and Bruins) called Sox Kids. I caught part of a show that was very interesting. The kid asked a representative from Boston Dynamics if a robot could be built and programmed to play baseball. Imagine! No more hanging curveballs. Every pitch where it’s intended to be. No more getting fooled on breaking pitches. No more errors on routine plays. Perfect execution on every defensive play.
The human element could be completely removed from the game. We would finally have “real” baseball.
Think of the possibilities. Next could be robotic fans who are programmed to understand the game. No more having someone sitting next to you yelling ignorant, uninformed stuff and/or asking you stupid questions. No more emotional debates. Everything will be logical.
The Boston Dynamics rep said it’s possible to build robotic players. But it’s years off. Right now there are too many complex decisions that must be made instantly for robots.
Does anyone remember The Twilight Zone episode Mighty Casey? He was a dominant robot pitcher until he had a heart installed. Then he didn’t want to strike out hitters and upset them.