Today is opening day! Now you can cry that baseball is boring or that there's too many games or that all the players take steroids but I could care less. There are few things that make me happier than watching the Dodgers on a slow midsummer day.
But watching the game has changed! You can make it more fun throughout the season with apps. Gonna be on the road? You won't miss a pitch. Need to keep track of fantasy? Sure, of course. Want to revel in baseball's nerdom? By all means. Here are the best apps for baseball.
MLB At Bat 2011
MLB At Bat, the official app of the MLB, has long been the best sports app and you know what? It's even better for the 2011 season. It's available on iPhone, Android and iPad (and Blackberry but without key features) and lets you follow a game pitch-by-pitch with a snazzy graphic or listen into the radio broadcast. If you have a MLB.tv subscription you can stream every game (blackout restcritions apply) of the season through the app too. If you don't have MLB.tv, At Bat offers a 'Live Look' at key moments in the game too.
MLB is also hopping on the 'check-in' craze which lets you check into baseball stadiums to unlock interactive stadium maps and expanded video highlights. And lastly, specifically for the iPad, you get beautiful graphics. MLB At Bat for iPad is using graphics from the video game MLB 11: The Show to show the stadium your team is playing at and the player at bat. It even tracks pitch trajectory! Basically, if you have a deep rooting interest in baseball, the $15 price tag would seem cheap to you. One thing: the iPhone and iPad app aren't universal, so you'll have to pay twice. [Android Market, iTunes—iPhone, iTunes—iPad]
You've probably already used Bloomberg's Draft Kit 2011 to power through your fantasy baseball draft, so now you need something to stay up to date with your teams throughout the season. ESPN and Yahoo both have their own officials apps available for free on the iPhone. On Android, ESPN has a free app but we use Fantasy Guru for Yahoo leagues on Android. Fantasy Monster Pro for iPhone is also excellent if you want to consolidate Yahoo and ESPN leagues.