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 edition 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.