Take Me Out To The Mobile Baseball Game…
So the 2012 baseball season is now in full bloom, from Little League through MLB. There is more interest, hope, engagement, and money around The National Pastime then perhaps ever before, much of which is fueled recently by Magic Johnson’s purchase of the Dodgers. However even with all that engagement, the amount of quality mobile apps to follow your favorite teams and engage in the game are still relatively slim, even though many surveys show that almost 80% of sports fans use a mobile device. So as baseball gets started, here is a look at some of the better options
MLB.com At Bat (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad: Free, with subscription, Android: Free/$14.99)
Baseball Advanced Media owns all the data not just for the sport but for all the teams both in minor and Major League baseball. Their streaming package is the best, so how can they not have the best app? From live audio to highlights, statistics and news specific to your favorite/chosen teams. If you pay for MLB.TV you also get video on your phone as well.
FanGraphs Baseball (iPhone, iPod Touch: $2.99)
The charts and information on Fan Graphs allow you to follow live action with up to date stats as players go from base to base almost in real time. It is pretty detailed for the casual fan and does not have the visual enhancements that others have, but it is easy to follow and cost effective to use.
Bloomberg Sports “Front Office” (iPhone, Microsoft, iPad $3)
Bloomberg Sports has the most detailed app, a result of a combination of a partnership with MLB.com and the great analytic business that the parent company owns. They also cut the first-ever deal with Microsoft for their new phone, giving them an edge in fantasy as well. Their best feature lets fantasy players update all their leagues in one place, but their Alerts feature, available in the PC version, is not on their mobile app. With instant alerts the app would be the best.Continued on the next page