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Freeware Friday: MLB At Bat Review

MLB.com At Bat
Mark Kaelin
Written by Mark Kaelin

MLB At Bat app for Android is our Freeware Friday pick this week. It’s ideal for the baseball stats geek. Mark W. Kaelin gives his MLB At Bat review here.

aNewDomain — Serious baseball fans are geekish. They don’t just want stats on their favorite teams. They want them on all teams. That’s a lot of data to track and process. And lucky for all of you baseball geeks out there, Major League Baseball has a free app — MLB At Bat — that makes following all the baseball stats a whole lot easier. I took a look.

And here’s my MLB At Bat review. You’ll see in a moment why it’s my choice for this week’s Freeware Friday.

Who’s on First?

I reviewed the Android version of MLB At Bat, but it’s also available for Apple iOS, Windows Phone and both PC and Mac. Also, I looked at the free version for this review, but I should note right off that buying the subscription version of the app will provide the best experience. Subscription options involve a monthly fee of $2.99 per month or an annual fee of $19.99 per year.

Another point of interest: The app draws its statistical and game information from the MLB website, so the data is actually available outside of the app. This explains its freeness. What you get with MLB.com At Bat, though, is a mobile-friendly presentation. If you’re out and about and don’t have anything else to track the national pasttime, that alone makes MLB.com At Bat worth it.

MLB.com At Bat

Pick Your Favorite Team(s)

As you might expect, when you fire up MLB.com At Bat, the very first screen you see will ask if you have or want a subscription. The premium features will be worth the subscription price, especially if you have already subscribed to MLB.TV.

When setting up the app, you’ll need to pick your favorite team(s). Because of proximity and the franchise association with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds have always been my favorite major league team.

 

The Notifications screen lets you choose how often and for what event you wish to be notified for your favorite team.

MLB.com At Bat Unfortunately, the Lead Change notification has been going off too often for the Reds this year.

Once you’ve set up the app to cover your favorite major league team, you’ll arrive at the main Scoreboard screen where you can keep track of all the baseball games being played that day. At a glance you’ll see starting times, who is pitching, and, if the games are in progress, current scores.

If you tap on a specific game, you can get more details including news and potential lineups.

You can also buy tickets to the game. The Buy Tickets button will take you directly to the team’s ticket-buying section of its website.

MLB.com At Bat

Notice the headphone and television icons in the upper-right corner.

If you have an MLB.TV subscription, you can listen or watch the game right on your mobile device.

MLB.com At BatAnd yes, the game lets you vote for your favorite player to be part of the the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

That game, so you know, is scheduled for July 14, 2015 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

MLB.com At BatI like that MLB At Bat doesn’t forget the fantasy baseball fan, either. The latest baseball news is invaluable when you’re creating your weekly lineup.

 

The Bottom Line

The MLB.com At Bat app isn’t perfect, but the league knows what its fans like and what they want from a mobile experience. It has put a tremendous amount of effort into creating an app that provides the scores, news and statistics necessary for a baseball fanatic to track all things major league baseball. The free app will adequately provide scores and track daily baseball happenings, but you’ll want and need the subscription version if you want it to bring you stats whereever you are or on whatever device you happen to be using.

 

 

 

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Featured image: Louisville BatsWikimedia Commons

All screenshots: Mark Kaelin

 

 

About the author

Mark Kaelin

Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the information technology industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Follow @markwkaelin on Twitter.