D-Backs Absolved of Stealing Signs

Major League Baseball found no wrong doing on the part of the Diamondbacks on the issue of possible stealing signs from the Rockies in Wednesday’s NL Wild-Card playoff game, but did levy fines against D-Backs coach Ariel Prieto and the D-Backs for his violating MLB on-field regulations by wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout during the game.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STATEMENT

Major League Baseball has completed its inquiry into the matter of the watch worn by Arizona Diamondbacks coach/interpreter Ariel Prieto in the dugout during the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night at Chase Field.  The inquiry was conducted by MLB’s Department of Investigations, and the findings were submitted to Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

MLB forensically examined Mr. Prieto’s Apple Watch and his cell phone and interviewed Mr. Prieto.  MLB found no evidence that Mr. Prieto used the Apple Watch or cell phone for any purpose in the dugout, nor any baseball-related communication on either device, during Wednesday’s game.

Despite these findings, Mr. Prieto violated MLB’s on-field regulation by having this device in the dugout.  As a result, Mr. Prieto and the D-backs have each been fined an undisclosed amount.  The amount of the fines will in turn be donated by the Office of the Commissioner to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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