Earlier we covered the best app for drafting a fantasy baseball team, but we’re not finished celebrating America’s pastime. We’re going back to back, a belly to belly with the best baseball apps for iPad and iPhone.
MLB.com At Bat
Available as a free download, the Lite version provides you with up to date scores, video highlights the latest MLB news. This is all presented in a slick, fast interface. However, you can easily get tripped up by links throughout the app to upgrade for access to advanced features.
There are a number of subscription levels. At Bat 13 provides live home and away audio, without any blackouts. Your subscription can also extend to other devices including your Mac or PC. An At Bat subscription also unlocks Gameday pitch-by-pitch features with ballpark renderings from all 30 major league parks. This subscription also buys you in-game video highlights, postgame condensed game videos and access to MLB.TV for the game of the day. At Bat 13 is priced at $2.99 per month or $19.99 for the year.
For full access to streaming live video to every out of market games, you’ll need an MLB.TV Premium subscription. This is great if you are a fan of the game and are able to catch your home team on local cable. Having this luxury isn’t cheap, with a yearly cost of $129.99. It allows you to watch games on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and other connected devices.
Yet another costly option, this requires both Slingbox hardware and a $15 for the app, which is not universal. That means if you want Slingbox on both your iPad and iPhone, it can get costly.
Slingbox allows you to access your home cable TV from your iPhone or iPad. That means you’ll have access to stream video of every game that is on your TV. In addition to games, this is great for catching the MLB network, ESPN or wherever you get your baseball fill. The summer is filled with graduations, parties and places where you might not have access to the game. Slingbox insures that you have just that, access to the game you love.
With this app from Bleacher Report, you will also have the latest news for your favorite teams. In addition to traditional sports news, this app brings in relevant tweets from baseball experts.
The interface includes a breaking news bookmark that acts as an in-app notification of important news. The layout is beautiful and you can watch video inline with your news feed.
ESPN SportsCenter Feed
For news as it happens, ESPN has done a wonderful job keeping things simple. The article layout gives you access to the wealth of content from EPSN. As games go final, you’ll see those neatly break the news feed. To read a story, tap and the resulting article is display without any clutter or distraction. This app also provides for inline videos with the stories.
SportsCenter Feed excels because it doesn’t go overboard and bombard you with informations. It’s a fast, easy to use and wonderfully designed app for accessing the latest news and scores.
Sporting News Pro Baseball
While the apps mentioned above are heavy on news, this app allows you to dig into the stats. It’s not designed with fantasy baseball players in mind, but those simply looking to get inside the game. The interface is not our favorite, but there is plenty of good content to offset any negatives.
These applications will help you get the best coverage of Major League Baseball. The free apps mentioned will provide for up to date news, stats and post game video. Subscribe to MLB At Bat 13 and you’ll have audio for every single game. For hardcore fans who don’t want to miss out on the action, there is a substantial financial commitment to watch video, no matter how you cut it. Slingbox is an investment that will pay off well beyond the baseball season and caters to those who need to see their local team. MLB.TV, while expensive, allows you to stream video of every out of market game. Find the right mix that works best for you and your baseball obsession.
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