You know spring is just around the corner when professional baseball apps start popping up for your favorite mobile platforms.
Major League Baseball (MLB) yesterday released an updated version of its uber-popular MLB At Bat application for 2010, and the app is currently available for iPhone, Android devices (running OS 1.5 and 2.0) and the BlackBerry Storm–BlackBerry users with RIM smartphones other than the Storm or Storm2 will have to wait until “after opening day” to join in the fun.
MLB At Bat 2010 isn’t cheap at $14.99. In fact, it’s 50 percent more expensive than last year’s $10 app. But it’ll be worth the steep price for baseball addicts who want access to live-streamed regular and post-season games, in-game pitch tracking, box-scores, player stats, and much more, all on-the-go via smartphone.
The iPhone app also lets users watch select live, out-of-market baseball games, though blackout restrictions apply, i.e., you can’t watch local games if they’re being broadcast on local channels. Neither the Android or BlackBerry apps offer the live game-video streaming option, nor is it clear whether or not either app ever will.
At Bat 2010 for iPhone users who also subscribe to the company’s online MLB TV service for $120 a year (ouch) reportedly get streaming-access to all MLB games.
MLB At Bat 2010 is available for the all versions of the BlackBerry Storm, but it won’t be released for additional QWERTY BlackBerry devices until “after opening day,” which takes place during the first week of April, according to MLB.
I bought MLB At Bat 2009 for iPhone last year, and I was a huge fan. MLB At Bat 2010 is already the highest grossing app ever in Apple’s iTunes App Store. And it’s also currently the number two paid app on iTunes, though it doesn’t seem to be nearly as popular on the BlackBerry or Android platforms.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.