Arizona Diamondbacks coach under fire for wearing Apple Watch during Wild Card game vs. Colorado Rockies

“Following a win against the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card game on Wednesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks are being peppered with questions about a coach wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout,” Mark Belcher reports for TheDenverChannel.

“A Major League Baseball source confirmed to Denver7’s Troy Renck they are ‘looking into’ why Diamondbacks Assistant Coach Ariel Prieto was spotted wearing the watch during the game,” Belcher reports, “especially after controversy over watches worn by Boston Red Sox personnel that allegedly allowed them to steal signs from New York Yankees catchers.”

“MLB rules are clear against the use of electronics in the dugout,” Belcher reports, “The Arizona Diamondbacks responded after the initial questions, releasing a statement suggesting it was an honest mistake.”

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The Diamondbacks said in a statement provided to ABC 15 Arizona, “Ariel Prieto has assured us that this was a simple oversight and honest mistake. The watch he wore last night was absolutely not used in any way related to our game and we will make certain prior to the NLDS that it will not be an issue again. Ariel takes full responsibility and feels terrible that this has been a distraction of any kind.”

MLB fines Yankees and Red Sox for improper use of technology, including Apple Watches, in games – September 15, 2017
MLB finds Boston Red Sox used Apple Watch to steal signs but has no plans to change rules – September 6, 2017
Boston Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs against New York Yankees – September 5, 2017


    1. The communications between the pitcher and catcher are intercepted by a spotter for the batting team. He texts a signal to the batting coach with Apple Watch. Batting coach then tells the batter what pitch is coming next.

      There are rules against this but baseball players in general have quite low honesty.

      1. I’ve heard explanations like that before, but what I don’t understand is whether these signals are universally recognised, of if they use unique signals for each team?

        If the signals are universal, then they might as well just shout because everybody knows what the symbols mean.

        If the signals are unique to that team, all they need to do in order to thwart this sort of cheating is to keep coming up with different signals, and change the meaning of existing signals,

        This all seems too obvious. Am I missing something?

        1. There are only a certain number of ways one can pitch a ball, and only a certain number of plays that the pitcher and catcher can do without pitching. It doesn’t take long for an experienced spotter (or a fan, for that matter) to learn the signals, even if they’ve just been changed.

          And yes, the signals are fairly unique to each team.

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