MLB Coach Fined for Wearing Apple Watch During Game

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Major League Baseball today fined Arizona Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto after he wore his Apple Watch in the dugout during a game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, reports The New York Times.

Prieto violated rules against the use of electronic communications devices when he wore the Apple Watch during the game. Major League Baseball investigated and said there was no sign the watch was used for anything suspicious.

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"M.L.B. found no evidence that Mr. Prieto used the Apple Watch or cellphone for any purpose in the dugout, nor any baseball-related communication on either device during Wednesday's game," the statement on Friday said.
Though the watch was not misused, Prieto and the Diamondbacks received a fine in an "undisclosed amount" just for having the watch in the dugout. The money will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The Boston Red Sox were also fined last month for using electronic communications devices in the dugout to more quickly relay the opposing team's signs to players on the field. The device in that event was originally said to be an Apple Watch, but later reports suggested it was instead a Fitbit.

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itsmilo

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There are places where I work that ban these for security reasons. I once forgot to remove my watch in such a zone. I got that very uncomfortable yet strangely exhilarating feeling one gets as a child when going to the bathroom without a hall pass.
So this is a real thing in the US? I watched a movie (may have been IT) recently and i was like what is that thing and why isnt he just going to the bathroom
 

69Mustang

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To be fair, the Red Sox fessed up to using Apple Watches to steal signs. I don't blame MLB for cracking down.
Here's the thing though. It's not illegal to steal signs. Teams steal signs all the time. Baseball just doesn't want anyone using technology to facilitate the sign stealing. If you steal signs the old school way, nobody cares. Use tech? That's a no no.
 

Solomani

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And soon…. we will have big stakes Vegas gamblers using some AppleWatch app to help with card counting.

Hooo boy. Technology is something else, iznt it?
 

Abazigal

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Here's the thing though. It's not illegal to steal signs. Teams steal signs all the time. Baseball just doesn't want anyone using technology to facilitate the sign stealing. If you steal signs the old school way, nobody cares. Use tech? That's a no no.
More like you can’t really stop people from doing so. You can make it way harder for them to do so.
 

Abazigal

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And soon…. we will have big stakes Vegas gamblers using some AppleWatch app to help with card counting.

Hooo boy. Technology is something else, iznt it?
Well, it is worth bearing in mind that the Apple Watch is so much a watch as it is a mini computer on your wrist.
 

dannyyankou

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He obviously hasn’t been paying attention to the news. If he was, he would’ve avoided wearing it. Don’t think he intentionally broke any rules.
 

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Imagine ...in 2017 ...digital age.... while the Apple Watch is easy to pick, some android watches, you can't tell if it's a smart watch...
 

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So this is a real thing in the US? I watched a movie (may have been IT) recently and i was like what is that thing and why isnt he just going to the bathroom
It’s pretty common here to need a pass to be out of class for any reason, even the bathroom. My daughters school is actually using their IDs to get into the bathroom now. They need to be scanned so they know how long they’re in there for.
 

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To be fair, the Red Sox fessed up to using Apple Watches to steal signs. I don't blame MLB for cracking down.
I love how people have been stealing signs since the beginning of baseball. And all the sudden someone does with a Apple Watch and everybody is freakin out.
 

MrGuder

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Is he eating popcorn? Or is he covering his mouth that is saying uh oh they caught me wearing my Apple Watch dang I should have got the red dot one to impress them. Lol
 

japanime

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Is he eating popcorn? Or is he covering his mouth that is saying uh oh they caught me wearing my Apple Watch dang I should have got the red dot one to impress them. Lol
I know you're making a joke. But he probably really is eating something. Sunflower seeds (an MLB favorite) would be my guess.
 

vpndev

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To be fair, the Red Sox fessed up to using Apple Watches to steal signs. I don't blame MLB for cracking down.
Turns out the "Apple Watch" used was actually a Fitbit.
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I don't ever watch baseball, why does it matter if someone is wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout?
'Cos MLB sex no electronic devices in the dugout. So your iPhone has to stay in the locker room too.
 

Chupa Chupa

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I don't ever watch baseball, why does it matter if someone is wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout?
Because Apple isn't a sponsor. Ha. Ha. Just joking. Or am I?

Of course in this particular game it really didn't matter. D-Backs are not going to win the DS against Dodgers no matter how many AW's are in the dugout.
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Rules are rules.
Well, except that with pro (maybe college sports too), the rules are the rules except when they aren't the rules or at least they don't "see" a violation to enforce the rules. Of course, something obvious like this, it's a no brainer.
 
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