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MLB coach wears Apple Watch in dugout, gets fined

by Justin Herrick | October 7, 2017October 7, 2017 2:00 pm PST

The Apple Watch totally has a place in sports. With all of its sensors, information regarding a player’s daily activities can be analyzed by trainers and the front office. Major League Baseball, however, doesn’t want the smartwatch anywhere near its players and coaches during games. America’s favorite pastime is cracking down on the use of the Apple Watch and other connected devices in the dugout and on the field.

One month after investigating the Boston Red Sox for stealing signs using the Apple Watch, the league has issued a fine to an Arizona Diamondbacks coach for wearing the smartwatch during the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday night.

Ariel Prieto, who spent seven seasons in the league as a pitcher, was spotted on television wearing the Apple Watch.

It was TBS’ broadcast of the Rockies-Diamondbacks game, not an MLB official at Chase Field in Arizona, that exposed the violation. Prieto could be seen multiple times throughout the 3-hour broadcast wearing an Apple Watch on his left wrist since he was sitting at the front of the dugout.

The league doesn’t allow anyone to use devices that enable electronic communication during games, so the Diamondbacks coach was fined an undisclosed amount. There’s no scandal here, though. MLB already looked into the situation and found that Prieto never used the Apple Watch for anything baseball-related. He was merely fined for violating the electronic communications policy. And it’s fine because the Diamondbacks went on to beat the Rockies, advancing to the National League Divisional Series.

MLB confirmed the entire amount of the fine would be forwarded to aiding the relief efforts after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

New York Times

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