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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”