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Postseason pitcher could face discipline for wearing electronic device in dugout

All Headlines 14:38 October 29, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean pitcher could face discipline after wearing a banned electronic device during a game in the South Korean baseball championship series, league officials said Sunday.

During Game 3 of the Korean Series on Saturday at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Kia Tigers' pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong was seen on television wearing what appeared to be a smartwatch in the dugout. Yang started Game 2 of this series last Thursday and didn't play Saturday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) investigated the case Sunday after Yang's device was brought to its attention. The KBO concluded Yang had been wearing a smart fitness watch called Fitbit Blaze and didn't transmit any baseball-related information with it.

But since bringing any type of electronic device into the dugout -- such as cell phones, walkie-talkies and laptops -- is outlawed by the league, Yang may still be penalized, the KBO said.

An official with the Tigers said Yang's Fitbit Blaze monitors his biorhythm and heart rate and the pitcher didn't use it to make any baseball-related communication.

In this image captured from an SBS telecast of Game 3 of the Korean Series between the Kia Tigers and the Doosan Bears on Oct. 28, 2017, Tigers' pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (R) can be seen wearing his Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch in the dugout. The Korea Baseball Organization bans use of electronic communication devices in dugouts during games. (Yonhap)


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