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Ahh, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is here again. The day of the year where hope springs eternal, where ace takes on ace, and the long haul of 162 games starts with one exciting burst. Well, unless you’re a Marlins fan, it’s just all hopeless until Jeffrey Loria mercifully sells the team. Oh, and even if the Astros won on Opening Night, they’re still gonna be a pit of despair this season. And lest we forget, the Cubs are still cursed. Regardless, there’s plenty of reason to be excited on this holiest of days. And there’s plenty of apps to enjoy the baseball season with. Here’s our favorite four apps for Opening Day 2013.
MLB At Bat: MLB’s official app is still the best way to enjoy the MLB season. There’s the Gameday experience with live pitch tracking. The app has a new interface on team pages for easily seeing team highlights, news, schedule, and even getting tickets. Oh and of course, At Bat subscribers get full access to the app and to live game audio, and MLB.tv subscribers get to watch most live games, with the blackout exceptions being in-market games, and national TV blackouts for Fox’s Saturday games and ESPN’s Sunday game.
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Sports
At The Ballpark: Why just check on the status of games when you can actually go to them? This app from MLB is designed to make going to games easier. You can see which ballparks are near you, and when the next game there is. You can buy tickets, and check in to the ballpark. See the team’s schedule for upcoming games, including upcoming promotions. There’s ballpark directories, transportation guidelines, and even a guide to the music of various players and from the stadium.
Released: 2012-04-02 :: Category: Sports
Flick Home Run: If the home team’s down by 10 but you don’t want to leave because it’s the 4th inning yet are so bored that you start to think maybe this sport is slow and boring after all, perhaps a good baseball video game is worth playing. Nothing gets the baseball fan going like this game’s flicking of virtual home runs out of the park, off of some cars, rooftops, and further than any baseball has any right to go. Beware if playing this at the park, as an actual ball hitting your face will hurt badly.
Released: 2011-10-14 :: Category: Games
Topps Bunt: There’s a lot of MLB card games out there, which is a natural fit because of the proud tradition of baseball cards. So why not play the baseball card game from a well-known baseball card company? Their official card game has been updated for 2013 with the ability to now buy card packs for additional players, along with trading with players all over the world to build the best team possible. Results are based on real-life player performance, so it’s more of a fantasy baseball game than a game built around cards representing players. The game does try to balance out the different player types, from closers to catchers.
Released: 2012-04-04 :: Category: Sports
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s that time again, time for the baseball season to begin. Spring Training games start tomorrow and you can follow all the action by enjoying an updated MLB.com At Bat app on your iOS device. At Bat subscribers ($19.99 full season, $2.99 monthly) will get to enjoy new features like multi-platform live audio, universal support, re-designed team pages and an updated news interface. Also, more features are on the way for opening day.
From the App Store:
New for 2013 (additional features coming Opening Day)
- Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
- Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
- Batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
- Re-designed individual team pages (iPhone)
- Updated news section interface (iPhone)
- Classic games library (iPhone and iPad)
- Re-architected navigations (iPhone and iPad)
- Additional push notification options (iPhone)
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s been a great year for baseball. Heavily contested division races where many went to the final week. The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s both won their divisions. And it’s the only sport without union issues (for now).
The MLB At Bat app is the only way to listen to live games on your mobile device. And it has now gone free for the postseason. An essential, for the baseball fan.
After a long winter, especially for Texas Rangers fans (though Texas weather can rarely be described as wintry), the new baseball season is finally here! Well, technically it started a week or so ago in Japan, and then there were still spring training and exhibition games, but finally, real baseball is here, and all 30 teams are going at it, trying to win the World Series. As a fan, there are several must-have apps to keep up with all the action, even if sometimes baseball can hardly be described as “action-packed.”
MLB At Bat 2012: While this official MLB app does provide live scores, news, and video highlights, same as past years, the fun of it is still in its subscription content. $14.99 unlocks live audio, box scores, and video highlights. However, the app just got sweeter for MLB.TV Premium subscribers. By logging in to the service that offers live game broadcasts from anywhere (and supports AirPlay, though the Apple TV also has the MLB.TV app built in), now the mobile At Bat service comes free, thanks to the app moving to a freemium model. As a bonus, it’s now universal, instead of the iPhone/iPad split in past years.
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Sports
Baseball Trade Rumors: This app for the website coveirng all the latest transactions in Major League Baseball takes the old New York Times slogan “all the news that’s fit to print” and reshapes it into “print all the news!” The site reports on news regarding relatively unknown minor league players and free agents. The site is also picking up on their original reporting, as they broke a story on Joey Votto of the Cincinatti Reds negotiating a huge value long-term extension. The app itself provides news filters and push notifications to get the latest news on favorite teams and players as they happen.
Released: 2010-10-27 :: Category: Sports
Fangraphs: This app provides live scores in a different way. It offers play-by-play win expectancy calculations, showing that based on past game results, which team is most likely to win given the current situation. It also provides the information in an easy-to-view graph, which provides an interesting visual way ot follow the story of a game, and its ups and downs, to see where victory was clinched, or an amazing comeback happened. As well, each player’s WPA (win probability added, which can go negative) is displayed, showing that based on expected outcomes, how much their performance in the game actually impacted the final result. As well, the database of players and advanced stats is easily serachable from within the app.
Released: 2009-09-23 :: Category: Sports
ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012: Of course, a big part of the fun of baseball season starting up is that it’s also fantasy baseball season. While the game requires more commitment then the ever-popular fantasy football due to the about ten times the amount of games in a baseball season, it’s easier to check up on a team thanks to smartphones. This app in particular makes it easy to update ESPN fantasy league teams’ rosters, check matchups, and catch up on the latest ESPN headlines and tweets from their army of analysts.
With Spring Training starting up it’s time for baseball fans to not only oil up their mitts but also grab their favorite companion apps as the prepare to root on their chosen teams. It’s been confirmed to EverythingCafe that MLB At Bat 12 will not only make it’s return this season, but the iOS apps will be free and included as part of the subscription package. Previously, MLB.TV subscribers had to pay an extra fee in order to access the service on their iPad and iPhone. MLB At Bat 12 is scheduled to be available starting February 29th.
The At Bat will offer users access to 150 Spring Training games, as well as all 2430 regular season contests. Just remember, local blackout rules apply, so if your home team is playing on television that day you won’t be able to access the game on iOS. Furthermore, the app also features highlight videos, expert analysis, and unique team-by-team content. No matter which teams you follow you’ll have everything in the palm of your hand with At Bat, and this year it won’t cost an extra cent.
There’s nothing overtly new about this seasons variety of the amazing MLB At Bat apps, but with baseball season just around the corner, it’s now prime time to pick up the app. As an extra treat for those who download early, the MLB will be streaming around 150 spring training games this season as part of the free MLB.tv mobile preview. In addition, each game will receive the same on-air radio treatment and batter-by-batter action that each game gives you during the regular season. Check out the full list of Spring Training goodies:
Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your designated favorite team Watch Live streaming of about 150 Spring Training games with a special mobile free preview of MLB.TV Listen to available radio broadcasts of Spring Training games Follow batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game Enhanced video library archive, searchable by player or team Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and players stats for every team
For the first time ever I’ll get to see my Astros play spring training ball in the Grapefruit League. I’m more than just a little excited.
For those who had never used MLB At Bat in the past, it is the most amazing baseball game day app that you will ever touch. With the app you can follow any game in the country for free (well, after the app cost), and even listen to the games (you can choose between the home and away broadcast team) over internet radio. Best of all, if you purchase MLB.tv, you can watch each game via live streaming to any iOS device. The additional price ($99+) may seem a bit steep at first, but with well over 100 games going on this regular season, it’s a hard deal to pass up for real baseball fans.
Released: 2011-02-24 :: Category: Sports
In an attempt to cash in on the “check in” craze created by Foursquare and its ilk, the NBA has announced Turnstile, a new app which will allow fans to alert their friends when they’re attending a game in person or watching on television. Those who consistently check in may be eligible to receive discounts or loyalty rewards at local venues.
“We see location based services as just the tip of the iceberg,” says Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager of NBA Digital. “The more we can integrate people’s location information at games, the more opportunities there are for things like sponsorships,” he says, adding there are no sponsorships for Turnstile in place currently.
The move places the NBA in line with MLB, the NHL and some NFL teams who are all using some sort of social media check in platform to increase fan engagement and interaction. While most of these other leagues are utilizing Foursquare for their social media, Turnstile is being built from the ground-up exclusively for the NBA.
The app is planned to launch in concert with the start of the NBA regular season later this month and will be available for free on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android. Just keep in mind that if your Cleveland friends see you checking into a Miami Heat game you may well find your house vandalized or on fire when you return home.
[via The Wall Street Journal]
9 Innings: Pro Baseball has long been one of the best baseball simulators in the app store. It doesn’t quite take the game to a point of lifelike realism, but it does allow you to play a real season of baseball using actual baseball strategy. It is fairly easy to pick up and not so easy to put down… the perfect combination for good baseball fun.
Just in time for this years all star break, Com2uS is releasing 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011. The difference this year is that the game has a the MLB players license, meaning that every player in the game is actually a player in the MLB. The game uses actual players stats and data to derive the player ratings, giving the teams as close to a lifelike balance as possible.
If you’re looking for a baseball sim that retains some cartoony flair, pick up 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011 when it launches tomorrow.
On the second night of it’s 2009 World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced the winners of the this years Apple Design Awards. The winners are split amongst the Mac and iPhone applications submitted by their developers for the competition. Winning applications are considered to be the pinnacle of design and user experience and recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement. This year’s iPhone application winners along with their award descriptions are:
iPhone Developer Showcase
MLB.com At Bat 2009 version 1.0.1 from MLB.com (app info)
MLB At Bat 2009 is an innovative, highly connected app that sets a great standard for all other iPhone sports apps to follow.
At Bat 2009 is the fastest, most detailed way to follow baseball on an iPhone or iPod touch. Users can listen live to every regular and postseason game with no blackout restrictions, see real-time scores, play highlights, and stream audio of all games At Bat 2009 uses MediaPlayer for in-game video highlights, AudioToolbox for streaming audio, QuartzCore, CoreGraphics, UIKit, and Core Animation to optimize the user experience, SQLite for data caching and tracking video view history, and SystemConfiguration for reach-ability.
Postage version 1.0.1 from Rogue Sheep (app info)
Postage sets a new standard for attractiveness and ease of use in an iPhone app.
With Postage you create and send beautiful, personalized digital postcards using the built-in camera and Photo Library. Core Animation provides smooth transitions and eye-catching effects while Quartz provides high quality graphics, effects, and text display. With 3G/Edge/Wi-Fi networking, you have connectivity virtually everywhere. And you can easily select recipients of your Postage postcards with Address Book integration.
Topple 2 version 1.1 from ngmoco:) (app info)
Topple 2 is an ideal model for excellent iPhone game and game sequel design, technology adoption, performance, connectedness, and localization.
Topple 2 combines the features of multitouch and the accelerometer to create a game about stacking blocks and keeping them from toppling over. Local WiFi multiplayer mode enables game play between two players, and a challenge mode where recorded sessions can be sent to others players via email, twitter or facebook. Localized for English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, Topple 2 uses multiple iPhone SDK technologies including UIKit, OpenGL ES, Bonjour, CFNetwork, Multi-Touch, Accelerometer, Email, and Twitter and Facebook integration.
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From the makers of... baseball, comes the best non game app that I have on my iPhone. Not only can I keep track of every game with pitch-by-pitch coverage, but I can also listen to my favorite radio broadcast, streaming from any teams broadcasting team that I want it from. Stomaching the Astros losing night after night has never been sweeter.
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