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D-backs coach Ariel Prieto apologizes for smartwatch in dugout

Sporting News logo Sporting News 2017-10-06 Travis Durkee
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“My bad.” — Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto, basically

After being busted on television wearing an MLB-outlawed smartwatch in the dugout during Arizona’s 11-8 wild-card game win against the Rockies, Prieto apologized to manager Torey Lovullo.

"It was just an honest mistake," Lovullo said (via ESPN.com). "We asked, found out, and talked to Ariel, and that's what he told us. And in no way did it impact the game, and in no way is it going to impact the game tomorrow. It's just not something that we do or believe in. We're trying to steer our direction and steer our ship to tomorrow's game. We're aware of what's going on and we're cooperating. We're doing exactly what MLB is asking us to do."

Pietro said Thursday the watch was “in airplane mode for about two days” and that MLB investigators can take his watch and phone if they wish.

MLB has a ban on all devices with internet capabilities in the dugout. League-provided laptops cannot connect to the internet.

MLB has not commented on the investigation, but commissioner Rob Manfred warned teams harsher sanctions would come as a result of new violations after he Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount for their use of an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees in August.

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