Ned Yost. No more Apple Watch in the dugout? Kansas City Star/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
The right hand sometimes doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.
Especially, it seems, when the left hand is wearing an Apple Watch.
This seems to be the case, at least, with Major League Baseball. A sport that’s curiously progressive in so many ways has reportedly slapped Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost on the wrist.
His crime? Wearing his Apple Watch during games.
Major League Baseball bans smartphones in the dugout. This is quite sensible. It means that the likes of Red Sox hitter Pablo Sandoval have to go to the toilet in order to “like” girls on Instagram.
However, the Kansas City Star’s Andy McCullough took to Twitter to declare that Yost had been told not to wear his Apple Watch during games.
Was he likely to lift it to his ear, looking very silly in the process? It seems not. Indeed, Yost told McCullough: “When you’re away from your phone, all it is is a watch.” And, some might say, not a terribly good one.
Yost insists his phone isn’t in his pocket in the dugout, hence rendering the Watch no more than its name.
Major League Baseball did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.
A secondary irony is that Yost actually got the Watch from MLB as a gift for being the American League manager in the All-Star Game. He seems quite keen on it.
As McCullough added: “Away from dugout, Yost said he only uses the Watch to catalog his exercises goals and such during the day. He can also check the weather.”
Well he could check the weather by merely looking up at the sky, but that would be a little too oldy-worldy.
It’s sad, though, that the Watch is banned.
There’s surely a hitter or two who could take calls on it while waiting for the pitcher to adjust his cap, tug at his pants, turn toward first base, shrug off at least three of the catcher’s signs and spit several times onto the mound.
(Via The Sporting News)