Latest in Gear

Image credit: USA Today Sports / Reuters

Apple and the MLB team up to put iPad Pros in the dugout

The idea is to give coaches access to more data for baseball's surprises.

Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save
USA Today Sports / Reuters

When the commentators during a baseball broadcast refer to the tablets Major League Baseball coaches are holding as "iPads," unlike pro football announcers, they'll actually be correct. Apple and the MLB have signed a deal that'll put 12.9-inch iPad Pros in dugouts and bullpens around the league, offering up everything from performance stats, videos of plays from past games to pitcher-batter matchups, according to The Wall Street Journal. All that data comes from a custom app co-developed by Apple and the league, MLB Dugout.

The aim isn't change for change's sake, but a way to help coaches better handle baseball's unexpected events like a relief pitcher taking the mound or a pinch hitter coming up to bat, the New York Mets' third-base coach Tim Teufel says. For now, Dugout will rely on team-specific, proprietary data that'll be preloaded prior to the opening pitch but the ultimate goal is info that approaches real-time. Unfortunately, there's no word if SnapBats are being modified to fit Apple's overgrown slate.

From around the web