Baseball fans are a notoriously devoted bunch when it comes to the numbers. We’re obsessed with stats, scores, records, and any quantifiable trend in the game.
We pore over baseball data like mad scientists just so we can quote obscure numbers in the company of fellow fans.
We say things like, “Guerrero Jr. is good, but his WAR approaching his first 90 games is only 1.6. Guerrero Sr.’s WAR around the same point was 1.8!”
Maybe that’s why we love MLB mobile apps so much—what fan can resist a slew of baseball numbers delivered directly to the palm of your hand?
Here’s a look at five brilliant mobile apps every major league fan should have on their smartphone.
MLB At Bat
At Bat is MLB’s official major league-wide fan app. In addition to the live scores and game data you might expect from any baseball app worth its salt, At Bat provides video archives, news, stats, radio broadcasts, team rosters, and schedules.
With Spanish support, At Bat also delivers in Latin American markets where MLB enjoys a huge following.
For $2.99 per month or $19.99 per year, At Bat allows fans to watch any out-of-market games. This is a great price in the spectrum of premium sports streaming packages. Live game streams support closed captioning and rewind capability.
Another official app from MLB, Ballpark is a must-have when you attend a game in-person.
The features of the app completely personalize the experience of your favourite ballparks. You can manage digital tickets including purchases for future games, present mobile check-in, and receive exclusive offers and content.
At integrated ballparks, fans are able to purchase food and beverages through the app.
Ballpark also provides seat and experience upgrades when available. While some fans bemoan the removal of the apps game journal feature, we think Ballpark remains an invaluable tool when you head to an MLB game.
Individual MLB Team Apps
Most MLB teams have their own apps. Apps in this class focus on news, commentary, stats and the like for a specific team.
Some team apps round-up every conceivable piece of content about the team that hits the web—making it super convenient to follow your team from a single source. For example, a Dodgers fan will definitely want a Dodgers app for content about the team Oddschecker pegs to win the NL West.
Remember we talked about baseball fans being total stat geeks? iScore baseball plays right into that notion.
A peculiar fan tradition at ballparks is manually keeping score of the game as it unfolds. We’re not just talking runs. We mean jotting down on special scorecards every strike, ball, and whatever else happens when the pitcher releases the ball. The practice has been around for about 150 years. Call it a simple pleasure from a simpler time.
Still, fan scorekeeping is ubiquitous around every MLB park.
The iScore app digitizes scorekeeping for the modern age with a throwback look and feel. Fans accustomed to the card and pencil method will have no problems adapting.
Are we cheating here by picking a social media app? Maybe. But Twitter is a great place to follow the accounts of your favourite ballplayers and teams.
The 240-character limit of a tweet is ideal for digesting bite-sized updates from a quick glance at your phone. Twitter is also where a lot of baseball news first breaks from players, teams, and analysts. You definitely need to make an MLB Twitter list if you’re the type of fan who likes to be the first to know about new developments.
At Bat, Ballpark, iScore Baseball, and Twitter are available for iOS and Android. The availability of specific team apps varies; check your mobile platform’s app store for more information. So, which app is your go-to for the latest baseball geekery?