Major League Baseball and Apple will partner to bring technology into big league dugouts and bullpens, the league announced Wednesday in a press release. Under the agreement all 30 Major League teams will have an iPad Pro in both the dugout and bullpen. Each team’s iPad will have the MLB Dugout app that allows each team to utilize its own proprietary and strategically statistical reports, data visualizations, advance scouting reports and videos.
“Our collaboration with Apple on the use of iPad Pro in dugouts and bullpens is part of our ongoing effort to introduce extraordinary technology into our game,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in the release. “We are pleased that Apple’s groundbreaking products, which have already improved the access that fans have to our sport, will now inform the decisions that make our games interesting and exciting throughout the year.”
Teams will be able to upload any relevant analytical reports and video via a private network. This information can be accessed during the game. Though the iPads will have a wealth of information loaded on them, they will not be connected to the Internet or able to stream live video when in use in the dugout or bullpen per MLB rules.
“iPad is our vision for the future of personal computing, and we are so excited to be working with Major League Baseball to put this incredible technology into all of their dugouts and bullpens this season,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iPad Pro and the new MLB Dugout app, managers, coaches, and players will have unprecedented access to statistics, data, and scouting videos right at the touch of their fingers and when it matters most, during the game. “
The Major League Baseball/Apple partnership allows for continued work on software and hardware updates on the iPad Pro to increase the overall experience.