September 6, 2017
Various technologies have been used by baseball teams and leagues to track pitch and running speeds, improve players swings, as well as other facets of the game. But, until this point we haven’t seen too many technology gadgets introduced into a game situation. According to a report in the New York Times, the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team has admitted to using an Apple Watch to relay signs to other players to give them a potential advantage in games against the New York Yankees. While it’s not outlandish to hear of a team stealing baseball signals or signs, it’s definitely the most technologically advanced version of this type of behavior seen so far.
Here’s how I think it went down. The Boston Red Sox had an employee in the clubhouse watching live video of the signs that the New York Yankees catcher was giving. For example, which pitches were coming. They would then relay the catcher’s signs they saw being used to the trainer who was wearing an Apple Watch. That trainer would then alert a baserunner from the Boston Red Sox who was on second base. The baserunner would then alert a hitter of what pitch is coming. Yes, it was a game of telephone, but that game is sometimes the difference between knowing what pitch is coming and getting a hit, vs. not knowing and potentially getting fooled.
While MLB has yet to comment on the issue, we’ve seen MLB advocate for other Apple products in the dugouts, so it will be interesting to see if they issue any kind of punishment. Needless to say, the incident has already given Apple a solid amount of publicity.
Chicago Cubs announcer Len Kasper took to Twitter to share what might be a potential way for the New York Yankees to poke fun at the Boston Red Sox next season:
Yankees’ first giveaway night next season when Red Sox come in HAS TO BE an Apple Watch Night, right?
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) September 5, 2017
I don’t think the Boston Red Sox will find it amusing, but I’m sure the fans would appreciate it – as would Apple.
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