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must-download baseball appsThese apps will help baseball fans cover all the bases this season, from the first pitch of spring training to the last out of the World Series. Play ball!
MLB.com At Bat
As essential to the dedicated fan as peanuts and Cracker Jack is the official app of Major League Baseball, which offers a full roster of up-to-the-minute information, including scores, standings and schedules. The paid version gives you pitch-by-pitch updates and live radio broadcasts of every game in the season.
Baseball Trade Rumors
The very definition of “inside baseball,” this official app from the popular MLB Trade Rumors website will make sure you get every bit of horsehide-related gossip whispered in locker rooms, board rooms, and newsrooms. The ability to filter the feed by player or team more than makes up for a humdrum interface that looks like it was created when Ty Cobb was lacing up his spikes.
Topps Pennant Baseball
It’s great to see the company once synonymous with baseball cards making a solid transition into the digital age. Sixty years of the Grand Old Game—every game, inning and out from 1952—have been collected and given a visual presentation that’s sleek, modern and intuitive (though we do miss the pink slab of stale gum).
Fantasy Monster Pro
This all-in-one tool provides fantasy-sports fanatics with a constant feed of scores and team-related news that will help you make the best game-day decisions. Best of all, you can even manage your teams on several leading fantasy-sports leagues (including ESPN and Yahoo!) with a drag-and-drop interface that’s better than anything on the official sites.
Another research tool for baseball nuts, from the website that has become an indispensable (and influential) trove of statistics. What it lacks in flash it more than makes up for in depth. Use it to find the live win-probability of your team or the salary history of the weak-hitting outfielder you now know is being overpaid.
It’s easy to lose yourself in this handsome and comprehensive gallery of baseball stadiums ancient and new, from Shibe Park (which opened in 1909) to Marlins Park (2012). Users can access photos, historical information, even seating charts. Of course, with ticket prices so high, this might be the closest you’ll get to a stadium this year.
iScore Baseball Scorekeeper
Designed for coaches and serious fans, this feature-packed scorekeeping app lets you easily record every facet of a game (like individual pick-off attempts), as well as all kinds of game data, from pitch speed and location to spray charts of hitters. Managers and coaches can access cumulative statistics, share data between devices and send out completed scorecards via email.
Little League Baseball and Softball Scorekeeper
Parents of Little Leaguers who don’t need the depth of advanced scorekeeping apps (see iScore) can opt for this easy-to-use app—which, in fact, carries the official endorsement of the organization. It’s simple to use—the undo button is a welcome feature—and a live streaming option lets distant relatives track the progress of your budding superstar.
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Some lazy summer afternoons are best spent at the ballpark, enjoying a dirty-water dog and an ice-cold beer while rooting for your home team. When that impulse happens to strike just a few hours before the first pitch, you only need consult this online ticket marketplace—searchable by price and seat location—to secure your favorite spot along the first-base line.
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