Apple signs multiyear partnership with MLB to supply iPad Pros: WSJ

Consumer tech giant Apple has signed a multiyear partnership deal with the Major League Baseball, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Apple will supply each team with 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets with a custom app built by MLB's Advanced Media division and Apple.

The partnership also aims to help MLB's coaching staff use data analytics to optimize athletic performance, the newspaper reported. The teams will be able to access performance statistics of current and past seasons, create probability spray charts of players hitting or missing the ball, and watch videos of previous game plays.

Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner, told the Journal that the deal coincides with the lifting of MLB's longstanding ban on the use of electronic equipment, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, in dugouts.

"We're not just replacing binders with tablets, we're actually helping them do things that weren't possible before," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing told the Journal.

For the original WSJ report, click here.

Correction: This story was updated to correct Rob Manfred's last name.

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