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Dave Roberts

Ron Washington signed his first baseball contract in 1970. He played his final game in the major leagues in 1989. The Texas Rangers hired him to manage their team in 2006. He persists in this, his fifth decade in the sport, as a coach for the Atlanta Braves and a sage noted for connecting with players. He is a baby boomer surrounded at the ballpark each day by millennials.

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A three-year agreement between Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League will allow MLB to implement rule changes that could include robotic umpires calling balls and strikes. It's just an experiment, but baseball seems to be moving closer to the era of the robo-ump, taking advantage of modern technology to ensure a more accurate strike zone. Meanwhile, we're still a ways away ...

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