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Monday, May 19, 2014

Watch A Student-Made Robot Throw the First Pitch at a Diamondbacks Game

We need to have a serious discussion about the “first pitch” of a baseball game, because it has been getting exponentially more ridiculous lately. First dinosaurs, then cats, and now robots?

eddieot Posted: May 19, 2014 at 03:20 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 19, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4709826)
1. A robot may not injure a human being, unless he's crowding the plate.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except for Grady Little.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the laws of the MLBPA.
   2. Sean Forman Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4709853)
Isn't a pitching machine technically a robot?
   3. Canker Soriano Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4709858)
Isn't a pitching machine technically a robot?

When the robots rise up, I sure hope not. A pitching machine robot could be a deadly menace.
   4. Lassus Posted: May 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4709897)
This thread needs more Gaelan.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM (#4709901)
Isn't a pitching machine technically a robot?

I was thinking the same thing. A very simple program to write.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM (#4709908)
I wouldn't have thought a robot would be gritty enough for the Snakes.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM (#4709912)
The robot was taken for an MRI after the game which revealed a torn UCL. It will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery next week and hopes to be back online by next May.
   8. Bhaakon Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4709919)

The robot was taken for an MRI after the game which revealed a torn UCL. It will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery next week and hopes to be back online by next May.


I assume that it will be a donor ligament from a cadaver, making it the first zombie-robot to throw out a first pitch.
   9. shoewizard Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM (#4709920)
This was really a secret tryout for the D Backs Rotation
   10. PreservedFish Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4709927)
What does Gaelan think about robots?
   11. JE (Jason) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4709943)
This thread has been up for several hours and still no one has bothered to notice that the robot doesn't look at all like Ray?
   12. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:55 AM (#4709963)
The robot was taken for an MRI after the game which revealed a torn UCL. It will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery next week and hopes to be back online by next May.


This only happened after Kirk Gibson demanded the robot give him the "hundred pitches" the robot owed him. The robot was fine until pitch 65, but then struggled to get out of the inning as a light drizzle slowly rusted his arm joint. The actual injury occurred on pitch 93 when the joint jammed.

When the attending mechanic told the robot not to worry, that he would be back in the rotation in no time, the robot was heard to cry, "dismantle me now please!"
   13. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:15 AM (#4709966)
When knew that rivera was hanging out in arizona
   14. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 20, 2014 at 03:24 AM (#4709968)
What does Gaelan think about robots?


I would have to assume he would take them as a harbinger of the end of civilization, right? Or a sign that civilization has already ended?
   15. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:27 AM (#4709976)
Gaelan is strongly against transhumanism.
   16. zack Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:29 AM (#4709990)
Aww, I was hoping it'd actually throw. Can't really see the mechanism but it didn't look like a throw. Catapult?
   17. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4709991)
big fans of automation. mainstream robot service cannot happen soon enough
   18. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4710111)
#11 and #12 are great. Keep up the good work.
   19. Zach Posted: May 20, 2014 at 05:58 PM (#4710346)
Primey for #1!
   20. Jose Canusee Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4710514)
Might not have been a first but definitely a FIRST judging by the red bumpers at the base.
IIRC during the championships in St. Louis in the Rams' stadium last month, none of the several hundred machines were invited to the Cardinals' game but it was revealed that Cards' Kolten Wong was an alumnus of one of the HS teams there.

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