A robot will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday afternoon’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers.

The robot, appropriately named Philliebot, was created by University of Pennsylvania students Jordan Brindza and Jamie Gewirtz, and will be part of Science Day at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.

If the Shreveport Captains happen to get one of these what would we name it? Captain Bot has a nice ring to it.

What differentiates the Philliebot, which was made from spare parts, from a plain old pitching machine is that it actually pitches the ball, using an arm motion and wrist action, rather than just firing the ball out of a circular wheel machine.

Of course we would use a few extra parts for Captain Bot so he could go to bat, hit the ball out of Fairgrounds Field and run around the bases for a home run.

While the Philliebot’s first pitch will only be about 40MPH, the robot can throw much harder than that.  In this case, it won’t, as the inventors claim they are under “strict instructions” not to do anything that could hurt the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic.


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