MLB clarifies its stance: it’s cool for managers to wear Apple Watches

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Missed this the other day, but apparently MLB got a little miffed at Ned Yost for wearing an Apple smart watch in the dugout during Tuesday’s game. As Any McCullough reported, the league called Yost to make sure that he wasn’t using it to, I dunno, tweet-source his bullpen moves or something. All of which was fun given that Yost’s Apple Watch was a gift from Major League Baseball for managing the All-Star Game.

But yesterday the league’s stance was clarified, as MLB told Marketwatch that the watch is fine as long as it’s not tethered to a phone in the dugout, as phones and other internet-capable devices are not allowed during games. The Apple Watch, of course, is just a watch when there’s no phone around. That’s how Yost uses it.

In other news, this marks the first time since the launch of the Apple Watch that someone I’ve ever spoken to has been revealed to own an Apple Watch.