The 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro gets to sit in the dugout of every MLB club

The 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro gets to sit in the dugout of every MLB club
Major League Baseball teams will have a visitor sitting in the dugout throughout the 2016 season and beyond. Apple and MLB reached a multi-year agreement that will have Apple provide each Major League team with an Apple iPad Pro. The coaching staff will use the slate to help them make better decisions with the data that the team collects. The tablets were tested during last years' playoff games. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

For example, using the iPad Pro, teams will be able to see which of its players hits an opposing pitcher the best. At the same time, teams will be able to determine which of its pitchers has been able to handle a particular hitter that they are facing. And so-called spray charts will reveal where on the field a hitter usually puts the baseball into play. Knowing that can help teams shift their players when in the field, turning what normally would have been a hit into an out.

In order to have the iPad Pro sitting in the dugout, MLB baseball first had to get rid of a rule that prevented teams from using a laptop, tablet or smartphone inside a dugout. Previously, if a hitter wanted to look at video of earlier plate appearances during a game, he had to go into the clubhouse or the locker room. Now, the player doesn't have to leave the dugout to check out his swing.

Each team is receiving a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro containing a special app called MLB Dugout, developed by MLB's Advanced Media division with help from Apple. The data loaded onto the app will be proprietary to each team. While each tablet will need to be pre-loaded with the latest player data before each game, MLB is looking for a solution that would allow the data to be entered in real time. Overall, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that the tablet will be able to speed up the pace of the game by allowing managers and coaches to make decisions faster.


Apple is looking for this program to perform better than the one Microsoft has with the NFL. Microsoft is halfway through a four-year contract with the league that has it paying the NFL $100 million a year over four-years. During that time, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is used by each team to help them track offensive and defensive alignments used by opponents. So far though, this deal has proven to be a flop as the Surface Pro tablets have broken down on the sidelines during nationally televised games. And despite all of the in-stadium signage for the Surface Pro, broadcasters continue to refer to it as the Apple iPad.


source: WSJ

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9 Comments

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Will iHaters now stop rooting for their favorite ballclub?

2. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Which iHaters? Heck, if the mighty Surface Pro series proven to be a flop, then this meh iPad Pro (weaker and less advanced than Surface Pro4) could prove it even harder.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, the iPad pro is a great candy crushing machine, it probably gets pretty boring in the dugout so this should help. Now the whole team can watch videos and movies.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ikr.. imagine playing candy crush at 60fps, for 5 hours straight.. and that pencil will be great tool for accurately sliding candy.. /s

5. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

The whole team can watch videos and movies with Surface Pro4 too.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but isn't that like 10 inches? They'd have to get a surface book and that's a bit expensive.

10. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

So, you mean iPad Pro is better suited and more productive than Surface Pro4 because it's 12.9 inches ? Lol. :O

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Those team coachs play Angry Bird with iPad Pro.

8. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Meanwhile Surface Pro4 play executive (.exe) x86 games!

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