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Column: Robot umpires might be coming soon to a ballpark near you. It was only a matter of time.

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“It’s inevitable, right?” Chicago Cubs manager David Ross said. “I think they’re trying to maximize the consistency of the strike zone. It makes a lot of sense. My fear, from a former catcher’s (perspective), is what the product looked like on TV. I loved manipulating the ball as a catcher, and the framing aspect, and trying to play a kind of cat-and-mouse game and having relationships with umpires and talking about strikes and balls. That (catcher-umpire) dynamic was fun for me.”

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