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The Future is Now: We live in a world that has baseball-playing robots

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baseball-robot.jpgIf I know two things, they are these: people love baseball and people love robots. So, why then has it taken so long for mankind to bring these two together? Seems like this should have been Job No. 1.

Anyway, a pair of baseball-playing robots have been developed by some intrepid scientists in Japan.

The pitching robot, with its three-fingered hand, can throw 90 percent of its pitches in the strike zone, won't need any relief from the bullpen and never asks for a pay rise.

The batting robot, which has a sensor to determine if pitches are strikes or balls, hits balls in the strike zone almost 100 percent of the time, doesn't swing at pitches outside the strike zone, and is guaranteed to pass all drug tests.

Sadly, these machines do not look like humans, so it appears Albert Pujols' nickname is safe for now.

Any equally nerdy '80s baby may recall the video game that first put this idea in our young minds -- Super Baseball 2020. Now, excuse me while I make an eBay purchase...

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