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MLB At Bat Update Gets You Ready for The 2013 Baseball Season

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season only weeks away, the league has just updated their iOS universal app MLB At Bat for the 2013 season.  The update brings all of the latest news, information and updates from around the league now in Spring Training as well as the upcoming regular season and playoffs.  2013 marks my 3rd season of using the MLB At Bat app and I have every intention of doing so even though I now live in England.  It is the definitive sports app. Period.

While the latest release of MLB At Bat is focused on the 2013 season, there is a good list of updates and improvements in the app.  The Release Notes for version 6.0.0 highlights some of those changes and improvements.

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In Game View on MLB at Bat

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)

As was the case in the 2012 version of MLB At Bat, the app itself is free and there are in-app purchases to get you more detailed information about games including video highlights and play-by-play audio.  First, if you are a MLB.TV subscriber, the app is free as part of your package.  If you are not a subscriber, then the in-app purchases give you two options:

  • One-Time fee of $19.99 for the entire 2013 season, Spring Training through to the World Series
  • Monthly recurring subscription of $2.99/month

Finally, if you link the app to your MLB.com account, you can listen to radio broadcasts of any came on your Mac or PC as well as in the MLB At Bat app.

MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

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MLB At Bat updated with improvements and enhancements for iOS

MLB.com has released an update for what I have called the best sports app available for iOS, MLB.com At Bat.  The universal app gives you information and access to every Major League Baseball game in the 2012 season and includes things such as video highlights, box scores and even streaming audio of the play-by-play for your favorite team.  For the baseball fan, this is a must have app.

The update, affectionately known as version 5.2.1, brings several updates to both the iPhone and IPad builds of the app with some updates focused on the paid for At Bat 12 version and some for the At Bat Lite free version. In Game View on MLB at Bat

At Bat 12:
- Team schedule re-design (iPhone & iPad)
- MLB.TV broadcast grid (iPhone)
- League-wide scoreboard swiping (iPhone)
- Accessibility Improvements (iPhone & iPad)
- Live Audio error messaging and automatic retry logic for carrier connection failure (iPhone & iPad)
If you experience technical issues with Gameday Audio, please contact customer service at mlb-mobile-cs@mlb.com

At Bat Lite:
- Team schedule re-design (iPhone & iPad)
- Access to Box score & Game Summary (iPhone & iPad)
- Access to League Leaders (iPhone)
- League-wide scoreboard swiping (iPhone)
- Accessibility Improvements (iPhone & iPad)

MLB At Bat SubscriptionsAs a reminder of how the in-app purchases work on MLB At Bat, the download of the app is free and brings you the Lite version of the app.  For $14.99 you get the full At Bat 12 version which brings you things such as the MLB.tv Game of The Day (streaming games), play-by-play audio, video highlights, etc.  For $24.99 per month you can get the MLB At Bat full app plus MLB.tv so you can stream any MLB game (blackout rules apply) to your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or XBox.  All of the purchases can be made within the app itself.

Finally, if you have already purchased the full season of MLB.tv via their website, you can download the MLB At Bat app free as part of your subscription.  Details on how to download it are available on your account on MLB.tv.

MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases Available)

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Review of MLB at Bat – The Ultimate Baseball Fan App

One Strike.

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.  As a die hard Texas Rangers fan, it was going to be the shining moment after 40 years of frustration for the franchise.  But like Chicago Cub fans, as I write this review, I’m reminded that there is always next year.  The Rangers, in their second consecutive World Series, failed to get that last strike – twice – and ended up losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7.  Fortunately for me and all Major League Baseball fans everywhere, next year is here!  Opening Day has proven to be exciting and a good start to the 2012 campaign and with the Texas Rangers season opening up on Friday, April 6th, I can hardly wait to see if they can make it to their third World Series in a row.

For the third year in a row my baseball addiction will be supplemented with MLB’s fantastic app MLB at Bat.  The 2012 In Game View on MLB at Batedition brings all of the great features of the 2011 version but now comes with the ability to subscribe to MLB.tv so you can watch hundreds of games throughout the season right from within the app.  In fact, if you purchase a MLB.tv subscription you get the app for free.  There are several options though which I will cover in this review.

I have contended publicly for a couple of years now that MLB at Bat is the best sports app in the App Store.  Its closest rivals are NHL Game Day and F1 Timing App for Hockey and Formula One respectively.  And perhaps it is my love of the Great Game that makes MLB at Bat hold a special place in my digital heart but I still contend it is the best.  The depth of information provided in the app is stunning but getting to that information is quick and easy thanks to an intuitive user interface.  Everything a baseball fan would want is in the app:  Play-by-play both in video and local radio broadcasts, stats, scores, highlights and news from around the league are all in there.  You can select your favorite teams which will have the app focus on that team(s) when you start the app.  If you are a baseball fan there should be no long thinking about getting this app.  It is a must, indeed a requirement.

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MLB At Bat Released as Universal App for iPhone and iPad

As expected, Major League Baseball as released the MLB At Bat app in the App Store this morning.  This year the app is a universal build so you download it one time and it works on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  The app itself is free this year unlike the last two years where you had to pay $14.99 for the iPhone and a separate $14.99 for the iPad version.  This is a huge savings already for baseball fans.

The app now supports in-app subscriptions and MLB has provided two ways to subscribe in addition to the MLB.tv subscriptions (which give you MLB At Bat Splashscreenlive streaming video of every game – so long as you are not in the blackout area).  The first is a $2.99 monthly subscription and the other is $14.99 for the entire season.  If you are new to the app and are not sure if it is right for you, subscribe to the monthly one to try it out during Spring Training.  If however you do not want to subscribe, you will have access to the Lite version of the app (the free version you downloaded).

There are some big advantages to doing either the monthly or season long subscription in MLB At Bat.  With the Lite version you will only have access to scores from the games throughout the league.  With a subscription you get scores plus:

Game Day:  A screen that gives you the match ups and games for that day throughout the league

Audio:  Stream the game broadcast – visitor or home – for every game throughout the season

In-Game Highlights:  Get highlights from key plays while the game is still in progress

Live Game of The Day:  Watch the MLB’s Game of The Day (subject to blackout of course) as it streams directly to your iPhone or iPad

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MLB has released At Bat just a few days before the start of Spring Training games which should give everyone plenty of time to download it and check it out.  During Spring Training MLB will be streaming many games so you can really give it a good try out before the season gets underway.

I will have a review of MLB At Bat posted here on AlliOSNews in the coming days.

MLB At Bat is free and is a universal app that is available today in the App Store

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[Updated] MLB At Bat 2012 Release Slated for February 29: Free with MLB TV Subscription

For baseball fans this is an exciting time of the year.  Teams are starting to report to Spring Training and my hometown team the Texas Rangers have their first game in just a couple of weeks on March 4th.  This also means that the 2012 version of MLB At Bat is just around the corner.

I’ve reviewed MLB At Bat the last two years (2010 Review, 2011 Review) and it is one of the best sports league apps available for iPhone and iPad.  The graphics are stunning and the ability to stream highlights and game play-by-play radio is fantastic.  You can be sure that when MLB At Bat 2012 is released on February 29th I’ll be one of the first making the purchase.

This year Major League Baseball has added a new twist.  If you subscribe to the Full Season Premium package on MLB.tv for $124.99 ($119 if you are a returning subscriber) you can get the app for free.  Last year the app was $14.99 each for the iPhone and iPad versions (these are not universal builds) and the subscription was $124.99 for the full season.  So effectively this year the price is $30 less than if you bought both apps and the MLB.tv subscription.  While MLB hasn’t come out and stated a price for the stand alone app without the subscription, I suspect it will be the same $14.99 as it has been the last two seasons.  In addition to the app you will also be able to stream MLB games from your XBOX 360 with a Premium subscription.

For more information on a MLB.tv subscription, go to this link.

[Update 2.28.2012]

A few more details have come to light on the MLB at Bat 2012 app which is expected to drop tomorrow in the App Store.  First, this WILL be a universal app!  No separate downloads for iPhone and iPad.  This is great news!

Second, you will be able to do either a $3 monthly in-app subscription to get all of the features of MLB At Bat from last year including in game highlights, pitch-by-pitch, etc.  Check out my review of 2011 above.  There will also be a $15 one-time purchase to get all this content for the entire season.

[Update 2.29.2012]

It is released!  See my post

 

 

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UPDATE! – Review of MLB At Bat 2011 for iPad

UPDATE 3/30/2011: MLB At Bat 2011 has received an impressive update tonight.  The content of this review is still accurate but they have added an incredibly impressive improvement to the Game Day view mentioned in this review.  Please read the full review and at the end will be the updated comments and of course screen shots!

[Original Review]

Baseball is a sport filled with superstition.  Player have been known to sleep with their bats while on hitting streaks, wear the same hat or – yes – underwear while on a winning streak and other such fun things.   Many players have pre-game rituals or will only go onto the field a certain way before each game.  Baseball has been played for over 150 years and superstition has been a part of it from the beginning.

Fans are also superstitious.  Take me for example.  I have been a life long Texas Rangers fan and for 40 years the team was the best example of ineptitude when it came to the playoffs.  That changed last year with our first ever trip to the World Series.  We lost of course but we made it further than ever before.  Why?

Because I bought MLB At Bat 2010 for my iPad!  That’s right Ranger fans, you have ME to thank for our trip to the World Series.  And you can bet we will be back in 2011 because… I have purchased MLB At Bat 2011 for my iPad.

You can thank me in October. :-)

All joking aside, if there is one sports app that is the benchmark for every other league out there, it is Major League Baseball’s MLB At Bat app for iPhone and iPad.  Providing a massive amount of in game information, stats, highlights and integration to MLB.tv accounts, MLB At Bat 2011 is an absolute must have for baseball fans.

Looking at the 2011 version of the app, there is little on the surface that has changed in MLB At Bat other than the obvious schedule and roster updates as the 2011 season begins.  But frankly Major League Baseball did not need to improve the app.  It was rock solid in 2010 and it is clear that the 2011 app builds upon that stability.  Unfortunately that also means that my number one complaint about MLB At Bat remains in 2011:  You have to purchase a separate version for your iPhone and your iPad.  There is no universal build.  That means you will pay $14.99 for each if you decided to go that route and that is on top of the $120 for the season of MLB.tv should you choose to add that on as well (but not required).  So make it simple for yourself:  If you own both an iPhone and an iPad like me, just get the iPad version.  The additional screen space makes MLB At Bat 2011 a pure joy to use and enjoy The Great Game.  In this review I will only focus on the iPad version of the app as I have no intention of purchasing it for my iPhone.

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MLB At Bat 2011 released for iPhone and iPad

Major League Baseball starts on March 31st and the official league scoring and news app, MLB At Bat ’11 has been released in the App Store.  The new-for-2011 version of the app builds on the very successful 2010 version of the app, providing near real-time scores of every Major League game throughout the season.  You can also watch games via the MLB.tv subscription service which can be purchases separately.  In fact, to get you ready for the season, MLB is allowing all Spring Training games to be viewed via MLB.tv in the app prior to the start of the season.

In my review of MLB At Bat ’10, I stated that this is the sports app by which all other professional sports should set as their bar.  It is graphically pleasing, easy to navigate and brings a massive amount of information, statistics and news in addition to the game play.  You can read my review here.

My biggest complaint in that review unfortunately is still the same in the 2011 version.  The app is only $14.99 but you have to purchase a separate iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad version.  That means if you want it on both devices you get to spend $30 and if you want an MLB.tv subscription, add another $100 to that.  I can understand the television subscription but requiring an app to be purchased twice in the same ecosystem is beyond me.

If you have both an iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch, get the iPad version.  The experience is all-the-richer and it is well worth the cost.

MLB At Bat 2011 is in the App Store today

[MLB.com At Bat 11 - MLB.com]

[MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPad - MLB.com]

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