From spring training to the World Series, catch live game broadcasts, check team schedules, and keep up with baseball news with MLB At Bat.
Favorites and alerts: You can set the app to track your favorite team and view scores, team news, and video on the app's home screen.
Live updates: Keep up with an individual game via a gamecast, which offers a live pitch-by-pitch feed of the game and fits a surprisingly large and useful amount of information about stats and lineups into a small screen. You can also check the scoreboard for live updates of the day's games as well as quick video look-ins for games.
Radio and TV broadcasts: With a $19.99 annual subscription, you can listen to home, away, and, when available, Spanish-language radio broadcasts for all 30 teams. For $115.99 a year, watch every out-of-market game, plus all radio broadcasts. And if you really only care about one team, for $89.99 you can watch every out-of-market game for a single team live. You can also watch on smart TVs and streaming devices, including Chromecast and Roku.
Blackout restrictions: Live TV broadcasts are subject to local, regional, and national blackouts, which means you aren't watching your team's home games. Plus, playoff and World Series games may be subject to blackout restrictions, depending on which network is broadcasting the game. If your goal is to watch in-market broadcasts, check out one of the video streaming services -- such as Sling TV or YouTube TV -- that offer regional sports networks from Fox and NBC so you can watch the local team's home games.
Every other sports app should be as good as MLB At Bat. The well-designed app is simple to navigate, does a wonderful job of displaying scores and stats on a small screen, lets you tune in to live games, and doesn't pester you with alerts. It's the essential app for the baseball fan.
• General app improvements