Apps to get you through the 2014 MLB Season
It’s time to fill up for peanuts and crackerjacks as the 2014 Major League Baseball season is about to begin. While teams get used to new faces in the locker room and on the field it is time for us to get ready to plan out the next trip to the ballpark and what players you’ll want to draft in your Fantasy Draft. To help you fully experience the 2014 MLB season here are some must have mobile apps for your smartphone and tablets.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball
One wrong pick can make or break your whole fantasy baseball team. With this in mind you have to make sure that you have all of the information about the current players ready to view at a moment’s notice. Even the smallest bit of information can help you decide between two players you’re on the fence of drafting. The ESPN Fantasy Baseball app gives you all this along with news and analysis from experts on a daily basis to help you set your line-ups during the baseball season. This app enables users to trade players throughout the season, make impromptu lineup changes and manage your team on-the-go.
(Note: You must have an ESPN account in order to access the features of this app.)
MLB.com At Bat
Cost: Free ($2.99 monthly or $19.99 yearly subscription)
Having to pay a subscription cost to access everything on an app that is a free download may sound crazy but keep in mind that this is probably one of the most comprehensive sports apps on the market. The plus in all this is if you have a MLB.TV Premium subscription you get MLB.com At Bat for free. With your subscription you are able to customize the app to track your favorite team and use it as a single resource for everything you’d want to know about the 2014 season. Throughout the season, you can reference this app for breaking news, audio/video broadcasts of regular season games and stats for your favorite players and teams.
MLB.com At the Ballpark
This app is designed to help you plan out everything about your next trip to the ballpark. You begin by choosing the ballpark you want to visit, with the app finding the closest one to you using GPS. Once your choice is made the app will provide the schedule for the year, available tickets, current promotions, a map of the ballpark, directions on how to get there, the ability to share photos and videos and more. It’s a great app to have when you’re at the ballpark and I love that major League Baseball made it. A must have for fans who attend a lot of games.
Team Stream, which is powered by Bleacher Report, lets users create customized feeds around their favorite team in all sports. Receive push notifications every time there is noteworthy news about your chosen team and enjoy the beautiful layout and sharp writing found within the app. This is especially helpful when all you are looking for is the latest news from your favorite baseball team and the teams in the same division. Team Stream also acts as an RSS reader as it will gather various news articles from other sources such as ESPN, local newspapers, blogs and Twitter on top of the content Bleacher Report provides.
The CBS Sports white and blue design gives this app a simple but visually pleasing design. This is on top of having everything sports fan can ask from one app. While baseball is not the sole focus of this app it does have a comprehensive section dedicated to baseball. From box scores to live Tweets from all the baseball games going on CBS Sports has you covered. The live Tweeting feature is especially handy for users who want to check certain hashtags without exiting out of the app to open Twitter. This app even features some live video features for Fantasy Baseball players, called Fantasy Baseball Today Show, and live radio shows from various CBS Sports personalities.