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Major League Baseball probes potential use of smartwatch by Arizona Diamondbacks coach

Major League Baseball probes potential use of smartwatch by Arizona Diamondbacks coach”

Major League Baseball has launched an investigation to determine why and for what goal Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto was wearing an electronic watch during their wild-card game Wednesday night against the Rockies, The Post has learned.

The former big league pitcher is an extra coach who also serves as interpreter for the Diamondbacks.

Prieto said Thursday that he didn't use the watch for any illicit goal and it was on "airplane mode" during the game on Wednesday night.

"We are looking into the situation", an M.L.B. spokesman said Thursday.

Wednesday's incident occurred three weeks after Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that the Boston Red Sox used electronic communication from the dugout, as well as video cameras, to steal opponents' signs and relay them to Boston players during games.

Prieto told the website that he apologized to manager Torey Lovullo for failing to leave the watch in the clubhouse.

Ariel Prieto has assured us that this was a simple oversight and honest mistake. "We asked, found out, and talked to Ariel, and that's what he told us".

On Wednesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies to win the National League Wildcard Game 11-8 and move on to the NL Division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that starts Friday night in Los Angeles.

Prieto was seen in the dugout wearing a watch similar to ones worn by Boston Red Sox personnel in August.

Major League Baseball bans electronic equipment on the bench that has internet capabilities, mainly wanting to deter high-tech attempts to steal signs.

The New York Post first reported the Diamondbacks news.

"All 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks", Manfred said in a statement at the time.

Officials from Major League Baseball did not want to discuss the investigation.

"The commissioner was very clear on what is supposed to be in the dugout, what devices are being used or allowable", Roberts said.



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