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Major League Baseball issues warning to Ned Yost: Don’t use the Apple Watch we gave you

Ned Yost was wearing his Apple watch when he talked with umpire Quinn Wolcott on Sunday after Salvador Perez was ejected.
Ned Yost was wearing his Apple watch when he talked with umpire Quinn Wolcott on Sunday after Salvador Perez was ejected. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Major League Baseball gave Royals manager Ned Yost a cool present for being the American League skipper during the All-Star Game: an Apple Watch.

It came with a caveat: He can’t use its smart-phone capabilities during games.

In fact, Yost told Andy McCullough, who is the Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, that he had been contacted by Major League Baseball and told it was a no-no to use the Apple Watch in the dugout.

The problem? Teams are prohibited from having phones in the dugout and it’s possible that Yost could have called someone during a game for, say, advice.* Or used it to get some instant information.

*Which is ridiculous if you know anything about Ned Yost

Yost told McCullough: “When you're away from your phone, all it is is a watch.”

In other words, Yost is using his Apple Watch as a clock and nothing more.

Perhaps Major League Baseball is concerned about something even more intriguing: Yost theoretically could view replays on his watch and get an idea of when the umpires got something wrong.

Nah, that would never happen.

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