MLB Coach fined for wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout


Can you be fined just for wearing an Apple Watch? You can if you're a MLB coach wearing the smartwatch in the dugout. Wearing the connected timepiece that close to the players and the playing field violates the sport's rule against the use of electronic communications. The coach, Arizona Diamondbacks' Ariel Prieto, wore the Apple Watch on his wrist during Wednesday night's playoff game against the Colorado Rockies.

Prieto's faux pas cost him an undisclosed amount of money even though Major League Baseball concluded that the wearing of the Apple Watch was an honest mistake. MLB investigated the coach's watch and his iPhone and found nothing suspicious.

You might recall that last month, the Boston Red Sox were accused by the New York Yankees of equipping a trainer with an Apple Watch. The trainer had a view of the field that allowed him to see the signs given to the Yankees' pitcher by catcher Gary Sanchez. Using the watch, the trainer allegedly sent messages to the Red Sox dugout that were relayed to the batter at the plate, tipping him off about what kind of pitch was coming. While initial information said that the Boston trainer was using an Apple Watch, subsequent information revealed that he was sporting a Fitbit


The Red Sox were subsequently fined by MLB and all 30 teams were warned that future violations could result in more serious penalties. While the fine assessed to Arizona coach Prieto has not been made public, MLB said that the money would be donated to agencies helping Puerto Rico rebuild after the recent hurricane.

source: NYTimes

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11 Comments

1. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

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3. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

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4. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You cant wear/have anything that can be used to communicate electronically. It's why they still use telephones from dugout to bullpen and good ol fashion hand signs, instead of top of the line headgear like in football. Whatever his fine was, it shouldve been double just for being a moron.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Everyone with an iwatch should be fined!

8. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

No such thing as an iwatch

7. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

How much?

9. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Wonder what Boston team will have to cheat with Pixel Buds or Google Goggles, before they become a violation.

10. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

MLB still feeling the ghosts of the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919.

11. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

What a clickbait title! He was not fined for wearing an Apple Watch, he was fined for having prohibited electronics with him. It just happened to be an Apple Watch. If he used Samsungs Gear S3 he would be fined too!

12. deleon629

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

That was a very polite way of calling these guys assholes for posting such a trivial write-up. SO I'll say it for you: "You GUys Are Assholes for wasting our time with this s**tty article!" There. It's done. Thank me later. lol

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