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Did the Diamondbacks, by MLB Betting Standards, Cheat?

Posted by: Charlie Smith

The Arizona Diamondbacks knocked out, in a game in which the MLB betting total went over, the Colorado Rockies in the 2017 National League Wild Card game. That win, however, may have been sullied by assistant coach/interpreter Abel Prieto wearing, whether by accident or design, an electronic device forbidden by the Majors – namely, an Apple watch. “We are looking into the situation,” an MLB spokesman said Thursday, in order to determine if Prieto was using the watch to gain an advantage over the Rockies or simply forgot to take it off prior to the start of the game.

The D-Backs, meanwhile, released a statement defending Prieto’s innocence. “Ariel Prieto has assured us that this was a simple oversight and honest mistake. The watch he wore last night was absolutely not used in any way related to our game, and we will make certain prior to the NLDS that it will not be an issue again. Ariel takes full responsibility and feels terrible that this has been a distraction of any kind.” This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple technology is used to cheat. The Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount last month for using the same device to pass on information to batters about which pitches were coming up. Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave.

The Red Sox admitted wrongdoing – and only after the Yankees exposed them – but that doesn’t mean all teams are going to just fess up. If only the sport of baseball had the same level of integrity as MLB betting. Anyway, just three weeks removed from the Red Sox scandal, about which Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “All 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks,” Prieto just happens to be caught on camera wearing an Apple watch. Okay, you’re an interpreter, but just in how many languages must a warning be issued before you start taking it seriously?

Prieto has said he is aware the device is against MLB regulations, but has also claimed it was on “airplane mode,” meaning that its communication abilities were turned off. Hey. Maybe they’ll put you on “airplane mode” back to Cuba. Highly unlikely, though, as Prieto apologized to manager Torey Lovullo, who seemed to understand that “It was just an honest mistake. We asked, found out, and talked to Ariel, and that’s what he told us. And in no way did it impact the game. It’s just not something that we do or believe in. We’re aware of what’s going on and we’re cooperating. We’re doing exactly what MLB is asking us to do.”

The New York Post originally reported the story. “In a picture obtained by The Post that MLB has seen, Prieto is shown wearing what appears to be an electronic watch three weeks after Commissioner Rob Manfred sanctioned the Red Sox for having personnel wearing such a watch in games against the Yankees,” Joel Sherman wrote. Is this something MLB betting fans will have to start accounting for when they bet on baseball games?