Apps for baseball fans

We've recruited the best baseball apps to track this season's progress.

Can the Cubs repeat? Will the league's highest payroll get the Red Sox to the World Series? Will the A's finish with more wins than the Giants? To find out, we've recruited the best baseball apps to track this season's progress.

Follow games

To catch live updates, listen to games, and watch TV broadcasts, get MLB.com's At Bat app (iOS and Android). At a glance, the app shows a live status of each of the the day's games. With a $19.99 annual subscription, you can listen to radio streams for any game -- both home and away. For $87.49, you can also watch just a single team's TV broadcasts. Or for just $25 more ($112.99 per year), tune in to live TV broadcasts for any team. The TV broadcasts are subject to local, regional, or national blackout restrictions, unfortunately, so you can watch just out-of-market games.

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(If you are T-Mobile customer, on April 4 you can sign up for a free one-year pass to the premium version of MLB At Bat.)

If your goal is to watch in-market broadcasts, a handful of OTT streaming services offer regional sports networks from Fox and NBC. Here in the Bay Area, for example, Sling TV offers CSN channels for the Giants and A's. The sports-heavy YouTube TV will also carry regional sports networks when it ships.

In the park

Another MLB.com app, Ballpark (iOS and Android), is designed for, well, the ballpark. When you attend a game, use the app to check in, earn rewards, and view exclusive content. A journal keeps track of games you've attended, letting you see the parks you've visited and the teams you've seen play.

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Play along

If watching games is not stimulating enough, guide your own baseball team in a fantasy baseball league. Yahoo's fantasy baseball app (iOS and Android) lets you start up or join a league, draft players, and manage your team. While fantasy baseball leagues usually require daily roster adjustments, Yahoo has a league option that lets you set your lineup once a week.

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Be social

Every Major League Baseball team has a social presence and posts updates, player news, and short videos before, during, and after games. Check Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook for club accounts.

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Players are social, too. Oakland A's pitcher Sean Doolittle and his finacée, Eireann Dolan, for example, post entertaining tweets on dogs, Star Wars movies, and of course baseball.

For a well-rounded site for stat nerds, check out Baseball Reference. The site has a an active Twitter account, a subreddit for questions and insights, and even commands for Amazon's Alexa.

Dig in

No opening day is complete without a spread. For snack ideas from homemade caramel corn and pigs in a blanket to an Italian deli blowout sandwich, check out ballpark-related recipes from our sister site Chowhound. They even have advice for what to get at the park if you are attending a game and a short history on how baseball fans adopted Cracker Jack.

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About Clifford Colby

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.

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