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Coming Soon – MLB.com At Bat 2011

I’ll just leave you with this screenshot of my iPhone.

My heart is a-flutter. Spring is getting closer and baseball is almost back. Later this month we will get our first glimpse of the MLB.com At Bat 2011 iPhone app and if it’s as good as the previous version this will be an app that is indispensable to every baseball fan.

The At Bat 2010 version could access one LIVE game each day of the regular season; those with MLB.TV subscriptions could access a complete schedule of LIVE games (All live games are subject to blackout restrictions, see www.MLB.tv for details) and you were able to watch one free streaming game each day.

AtBat also included Gameday Audio, pitch by pitch, in-game highlights, condensed games and more.

I do believe the 2010 app cost $14.99 and that was a great buy considering you could listen to every game over your phone.

Other features included:
  • Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and player stats for every team
  • Video library searchable by player or team
  • Enhanced LIVE game video during the regular season allowing access to scores and stats while you watch
  • Home/Away broadcast feed selection during the Regular Season (where available)
  • Background audio playback: listen to a game while you use other Apps

As soon as this app comes out I can’t wait to do a full review. Even in the offseason this little app was still being used to keep me up to date on all the offseason trade acquisitions. (or as a Met’s fan, the lack of any acquisitions).

Check out my video review of the condensed games feature. It’s a great feature to have, being able to watch just the highlights of a game in less than 15 mins!

I will be gifting one lucky subscriber to the blog a MLB.com At Bat 2011 iPhone app! But you must leave an interesting comment! :) Let me know what you are looking forward to in the new edition of the app.

The comments are closed. The winner was posted on Fri, 2/25/11 @9am on the next posting titled, “It’s Here! MLB At Bat 2011 w/Twitter Functionality.

Kerel CooperGuest Judge: Kerel Cooper, Mets Video blogger and publisher of “On The Black” has offered to help me judge comments. Kerel is a long-time iPhone user who also uses the MLB.com iPhone app extensively. No fooling this judge. He’s looking for someone to surprise him with an unknown feature he’s never heard about.

Dave DoyleGuest Judge: Dave Doyle, Publisher of The MetsReport.com has also offered to help judge comments. Dave is an huge Android fan and would be interested in hearing about the about the Android version of the MLB.com At Bat App.


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  • Raul Millan

    As an avid baseball and Padres fan with no access to many games, I have been wanting to at least buy this app which has been recieving very high praises. Because my question, if I could watch any game over the regular season, was answered (only one live game per day), this was a massively helpful website that I praise for clearing my doubt and persuading me to buy this app. Thank you very much.

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      Just keep in mind that one free game is never a local game. It’s there to let you test drive the video funtionality. In order to get access to the every game via streaming video you will need to subscribe to MLB.tv at $99 a year. Even then your local teams are blacked out. So the app will not replace your cable subscription, unfortunately.

  • Steven jones

    It’s available now

  • Joel DeFrancisco

    It is out now just released

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      Confirmed!! :) I’d like to pick a winner before the end of the weekend so no one has to wait any longer for the app. Thanks for all the comments and check back soon for my review. Now can someone confirm the Android version is out and does it have video streaming?

      • Andy House

        Woohoo! Good idea to do it quickly! Surely we are all antsy to get it as well! Looking forward to the review.

      • Joel DeFrancisco

        The android version is out but there have been no games on so I’m not sure about streaming but it says it has it

  • http://www.dontarguewithme.wordpress.com Drew Dayton

    I’m a huge Padres fan so I am especially excited for the At Bat 2011 app because it gives me the option to not trade Adrian Gonzalez.

  • Phil D

    I’m a Yankee fan who lived for the past 10 years in Florida and just moved to California. The app has been great for giving me the opportunity to watch not only Yankee games in Orlando but any games anytime. Now it will be even better to listen to games while at work in Cali. Baseball starting at 10:05 AM will be the highlight of everyday! AND those Cardinal games that will start at 9:05 AM make me giddy for MLB At Bat 2011! Life isn’t right unless baseball is being played.

  • TFG

    I don’t live in the US. Where I live, baseball is a non sport, and really, nobody gives a…(you know what I mean). The first time I ever saw a baseball game was when I was 20 something, and I was instantly thrilled by it…the rhythm, the strategy, the people reacting… I didn’t even know the rules, but thanks to ESPN double headers (back in the 90′s) and some research I began to understand it. Some years after that, I had the chance to see my first (and only) live baseball game in Anaheim, CA. (family trip to Disneyland) It was a Red Sox – Angels regular season game, august 2001…Not knowing about the long time rivalry, I wore a Yankee’s cap. There was a guy, Sox fan, with a couple more beers in his body than the usual amount, who kept yelling that I was “the Antichrist”, and looking at me every time the Red Sox made a good play. We ended up laughing (me and the 300 other people that where near us) and overall, it was a great experience.
    After that, I tried almost every mean available to watch the games. TV games (only 1 per week, awful scheduling, very difficult to watch);subscription to MLB Game Day Audio (believe it or not, 5 to 7 years ago it was almost impossible to decently hear a complete game), taped games, etc.
    Finally, time and technology worked in my favor, so I got an Ipad and I’m counting the days until March 31st…

  • Whitney

    Let me start off by saying that I’m a Yankees fan…die hard. I probably just lost all chance of being gifted the app, but at least I’m honest and still have my integrity. Hahah.

    Anyway, being a huge Yanks fan and spending the summer in Massachusetts do NOT mix. I took a position managing a restaurant on Cape Cod and in turn lost out on Yanks games. Not to be defeated by geography, I bought At Bat and blared it on the speakers in the kitchen. If I was up front, I kept my phone in my back pocket blaring the games. It was phenomenal. I will say, though, that a girl being so obsessed with baseball tends to throw people off. Haha. What can I say, I can’t help but love having John Sterling and Susan Waldman in my back pocket.

    On another note, I do respect the Red Sox and also grew fond of listening to games with all of my co-workers who were die hard Sox fans. I just love the game itself.

  • Ryan

    Not only was At Bat 2010 worth it for me to listen to my beloved Tigers on a consistent basis, but I also used it on many nights as I would set it to Dodgers home games (or other West Coast locales) just to listen to Vin Scully in the early innings as I drifted off to sleep. It would always relax me, and it worked to get me to sleep every time. I think someone needs to develop a “Scully White Noise” app!

  • DoctorK

    I just got an iPhone – I’m one of those loyal, patient Verizon customers. I can’t wait for AtBat 2011. I got really excited when I heard that Verizon would have unlimited data plans so I wouldn’t have to worry about streaming Mets audio.

    Back in the hey days of the late 80′s, there was a local affiliate of the WFAN Mets Radio Network here in the Rochester, NY area. But over the last 20 years or so, if I’m away from home, I’ve been forced to wait until the sun went down so I could catch the 50,000 clear-channel watts of the 660 mothership. With the AtBat app, those days are over for me!

    I struggle with the video blackout rules, though. I live about 360 miles from NYC. Still, Mets video is blacked out since I am considered to be in a “home market.” That’s got to be one of the biggest “home market” territories in all of sports. I’m not sure what the financial harm would be to the Mets and Yankees if those of us in Rochester or Buffalo (400+ miles away) were able to access video online. Less money to funnel to Bernie Madoff, I guess…

  • Nicholas Ramirez

    I had At Bat 2010 for my blackberry storm last year and I loved it. Now that I have a Verizon iPhone my girlfriend is worried that At Bat 2011 might become more of an obsession. Why not? At Bat 2010 made being a Mets and Pirates fan living in Bloomington, Indiana a little be easier on me. She should be thanking the app designers that I was a little less cranky (at least on the rare occasions that one of my teams actually won). I suspect At Bat 2011 will be all that I want and more, my only hope is that they can sync the audio and stats with actual game play. I couldn’t agree more with Daniels, unless the 2011 version is a step backwards from the 2010 version, this is a must for every baseball fan.

  • Will Kindred

    I personally think MLB At Bat 2011 should be banned from all yankee fans so that those rich pricks can have something else to complain about. I’m not sure how they would regulate this but it would be great. They could eliminate the Yankees as a team on the app and then we wouldn’t have to keep seeing stories about who they are going to buy next.

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      We can’t ban the Yankees from the app since they contribute the most to revenue sharing in baseball but we could certainly pi$$ them off by making all the Yankee links lead to Boston Red Sox info. :)

      • Crystal

        I think this is a fantastic plan! Go Sox!!

  • kill

    MLB.TV subscribers spend 100.00 for the year and then they charge add. to buy the AT BAT app

    Wouldn’t it be great if they offered At Bat for free if you buy MLB. TV

    everyone should complain or boycott MLB take note

  • Joe

    I recently learned there is a version of MLB.tv for Playstation 3 and also some Internet TV’s. I had MLB at bat 2010 last year and it worked great for catching east coast games while still at work.

    I’m hoping I can get the PS3 app and also the iPhone app and be able to watch video on both with MLB.tv. I’m interested to know if the premium version was an option last year and if anyone had it and can say if it was worth it. From the site it seems premium is the best best to sync up the video and audio radio broadcasts.

    I wish they had an xbox 360 version of the app.

    Feature wise, I would like the ability to track a lis of players (fantasy team) and get notifications when they are at bat like the direct tv package has.

    • http://www.dontarguewithme.wordpress.com Drew Dayton

      I used the PS3 app for MLB.tv last year and it is amazing! The HD looks just as good as a game on ESPN ( I have a 16mbps internet connection). If you have a PS3 and love baseball and can’t watch your favorite team play because of where you live it is 100% worth the $99. I have never tried the premium version, and never needed it last year because the $99 version was always good enough.

  • Noah

    I have no idea how I stumbled across your blog but I can shed some light on why we don’t have at bat 2011 yet. On the iPhone we are waiting for iOS 4.3. That should allow users to stream content from an idevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) to a TV through Apple TV. This would allow users to watch their MLB.tv subscription on their iPhone and also on their TV. I don’t think we will see any other versions of at bat until we see the iOS version, because MLB made a boat load of money off of the “Apple” version last year and they don’t want to piss Apple off.

    • Patrick

      That really makes no sense. The app is updated throughout the year, it would simply be updated to run any new features available in a new iOS.

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      As always, I’m just speculating but I wonder if the App is on hold because the Android version is not done. The biggest complaint was that the Android version did not have the streaming video capability. The Android app is the same price as the iPhone app but does not have streaming video. Releasing an Android app without streaming video for the second year in a row? That’s just poor planning.

  • Gabriel

    What about the people that have MLB Extra Innings do they get to watch games live on MLB AT BAT 2011 also or is it just for the people that get MLB.tv . Because I have MLB Extra Innings so I dont need to get MLB.tv but I would love to watch a game live on my phone when Im not at home.

  • Christina B

    MLB’s At Bat 2010 let me listen to every game of the season with my beloved Kruk and Kuip. As a longtime Giants fan living in Los Angeles (I know, I know… what was I thinking?!), I can slip on my headphones at work and listen, or the best part- when the Giants came to LA but I couldn’t make the game, I’d put watch it on tv and mute the annoying Dodgers announcing team and listen to my favorite KNBR 680! 5 years in LA and I still get an instant smile hearing the foghorn after a San Francisco home run at AT&T park. Only with MLB at bat is that possible! Can’t wait for the 2011 version!

  • fred

    besides all the baseball i could possible consume.. i actually enjoyed listening to local commercials on the audio feed from cities 200 miles away. used car dealerships, and an add for hershey park advertising a “chocolate facial” had me rolling on the floor. Can’t wait for 2011. Gooo Phillies. (and i hope i’m not now disqualified.)

    • Christina B

      I listened to Phillies games when they didn’t coincide with Giants games- you’re totally right, the commercials are awesome to listen to!

  • Andy House

    Speaking of some features from last year’s app that could be better utilized, some parks had concessions available for purchase through the “At The Ballpark” part of the app. I think that would be fantastic to have in all the ballparks if possible. Imagine being able to either have the food delivered to you in your upper deck seat, or being able to go directly to the serving counter 5 minutes after you purchase at the nearest concession and have your food given to you instead of having to wait in line and potentially miss most of an inning!

    As far as features that most fans dont know about from last year’s app…Did you know that when you designated a team as a “favorite team” that when you watched a game using the mlb.tv feature it would automatically use your “favorite teams” broadcast? The app didn’t allow you to chose a video broadcast, but by selecting a “favorite team” you were always give your teams broadcast. For some people, this is a particularly important issue, particularly if you despise a certain teams broadcasting crews. Regarding that, I hope this year’s app allows you to chose video broadcasts like you can with audio broadcasts.

  • SownSky

    MLB.com At Bat is the answer that was created for a person when wants to watch a baseball game during the middle of dinner or a boring meeting or class hoping that nobody will notice. I am a Mets fan and usually listen to the radio on At Bat on WFAN, however sometimes I prefer to listen to opposing teams radio station to get a different perspective. Such apps as MLB.com At Bat has made my life easier because it is no longer a struggle for me to find out the score of games going on around the league. Not just that, it lets you listen too and watch the games around the league. One of the other great features of At Bat is that it gives you updates a bout MLB news. It also gives you sats about players and the standings of teams. By this rate, I believe that At Bat will one day follow what the movie industry is doing and go in 3D.

    P.S. Lets go Mets…. if we can’t win than lets get the the first pick in the draft. Lol, but at the same time “sigh” and one tear!

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  • Justin Case

    Seeing how I paid for this app AND MLB TV last year and the HD broadcasts NEVER worked all season even after installing and reinstalling everything they said to, I would just be happy if it actually worked this season!!!

    As far as the app, maybe adding pregame radio kick off shows as well to the radio broadcasts would be nice.

    As far as the Mets, I’ve been a fan since 1st grade and I’m now 47. For 2011 I am not expecting much. Heck, .500 would be nice. The everyday lineup is not awful but the pitching is dreadful,

  • Dave C

    I had the Android last year and this app allowed me to sit through some real boring “required” classes in my attempt to go back to school. I am in school to become a teacher and with some of the classes I am forced to take this is the best way to sit through them. I now have the iPhone 4 and MLB.tv so this will complete my package. I am almost looking forward to getting into the classroom! Also, being a displaced Red Sox fan, this is the only way I can get many of the games.

  • T-Bone

    David,

    Planning on getting the app this season. Do the local blackouts apply to audio broadcasts as well? If the video is unavailable, I’d still love to be able to listen to the games on my long train commute home. Thanks in advance!

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      Yes, the audio is available for every game. No blackout restrictions. It’s just on the video side where local games are blacked out and since the iPhone has GPS there seems to be no way around this.

  • DMFB

    I’m a Giants fan (I hope this contest isn’t for Mets fans only) and MLB At Bat 2010 was a lifesaver during the postseason. I would plug my phone with At Bat into my stereo, and delay my TV with DVR until the audio synced up. I got to listen to my beloved Kruk and Kuip call the game instead of Joe Buck et. al. I also get to keep the amazing 2010 season with box scores and (silent) video highlights for every game in my pocket (unless they delete all the 2010 info when the 2011 app comes out). I can’t wait for the new app.

    Go Giants, I hope we see your Mets in the postseason, and boo Yankees and Phillies. (Am I saying the right things to endear myself to Mets fans?) Also, boo Dodgers.

  • Andy House

    Yep Sam, I can do that when I am home, but walking around with the earphones in I didn’t know you could set the phone to go straight to voicemail. I will certainly try that! Thanks!

  • Sam

    Andy – if you’re near wi-fi, can you not set the phone to airplane mode to stop incoming calls?? Either that or set to send straight to voicemail?

    I love this app, i’m English & I live in the UK so use it on my iPhone to listen to, or watch, games whilst I’m in bed & should be sleeping, the only downside to the app is the often zombie like state I’m in the next day at work because I’ve stayed up listening to ‘just one more inning’!!!

  • Andy House

    Well, since no one else has posted yet today, I’ll comment again. The pregame radio would be a nice edition, but something I did notice last year was that you could listen to the entire postgame if you kept a stream going after a game, but if you were not streaming at the end of the game, you could not access postgame coverage. It would be nice to be able to access the stream this year for the postgame!

    Also, I think it would be nice if MLB pushed clubs to make a better effort for the “at the ballpark” features. There is potential there (in many ways) to really enhance the ballpark experience. I look forward to that!

  • Miketino

    The reliability is always number one but I like utilizing the app while sitting in the office for those pesky weekday day games that I cant watch on television. I guess it would also be cool if there was some pre-game coverage available so that you could listen to it on the train on the way to the ballpark. Utilize the complete gameday experience and really make it worth owning.

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      You can actually get the pre-game on a different app called “Sports Radio”
      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sports-radio/id317791813?mt=8

      When it came out it was free. Now it’s $.99 but you can stream WFAN right up until the game starts. I guess because of licensing only MLB.com gets the actual game.

      But that “Sports Radio” app has tons of stations, local, national, Canada & international. You may want to try it. I stream Boomer & Carton every morning through the iPhone.

  • Matthew

    David,

    Last year I owned the Droid and believe you me, MLB At Bat 2010 was the worst app ever.

    Now I’m awaiting my iPhone to arrival today, so that I can experience MLB at Bat the way God intended.

    Then, I get to see your beautiful screen shot on a precious iPhone and I nearly cried….best post ever

    Thanks

    • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

      “The way God intended it?” That’s great! :) I think you meant the way Steve Jobs intended it. Same difference.

      • Matthew

        its the exact same difference haha!

  • T.J.

    The 2010 version of this app was a great; I expect the 2011 to be even better. The ability to get push notifications of score updates while in a meeting at work was a lifesaver for a die-hard fan. In some instances, I would use the streaming audio from the app, plugged into my car’s AUX port to replace the AM radio feed.

    • Andy House

      I did exactly what TJ is saying, I would plug my iphone into the MP3 jack in my car and listen to the game over my car speakers. That worked great. I find it funny that people on some sites (or the app store reviews) comment that it is a rip-off that the app costs $15 PER season. Like they should somehow be getting this product forever with the one-time $15 price tag! $15 per year is still an absolute steal for this app considering all it does. Gameday Audio on MLB.com actually cost $19.95, so it is really a $5 discount for the mobile app. i just cant wait to listen to spring training games though. Not so much for the action, but to hear announcers talk about the teams for a few hours. Has anyone heard anything about a set launch date for the 2011 app? Mets vs. Braves Spring Training game #1 is coming up in less than two weeks!

  • Steven

    Last year I was still stuck with my Blackberry. I purchased the MLB Gameday Audio subscription because I travel quite a bit for work. Lo and behold, I was in LA on OPENING DAY and I desperately wanted to hear my Braves – particularly Jason Heyward’s first game. I could not get the audio to work through spring training. After several emails and calls to customer service it still was not working on opening day. I watched via “gamecast” as Heyward belted that first homerun. The audio started working for game two. I am now the proud owner of the iPhone4, and I am hoping this will be a more reliable app. I hope to be able to even watch a few games when on the road. Lookin’ forward to it! Thanks!

  • Andy House

    I am so excited that baseball is just around the corner. Spring Training starts today, so I hope that means that the app is just around the corner as well!

    I am really looking forward to accessing spring games on the audio stream, but I am hopeful that this year’s app will include some way to block phone calls from taking me out of the game audio. I liked the addition of background audio, but it seemed less reliable than the in-app stream. I just dont like listening to bases-loaded, bottom of the 8th in a tie game, and…BOOM!!! Your mom is calling to ask you “how things are going!” I wouldn’t always want to cut off communication to the outside world, but at certain moments I absolutely would! But to be honest, this app is a pretty awesome set-up, so if they can continue to improve the quality and reliability of the audio and video streams that would be enough for me. That, and maybe access to audio streams of archived games.

    Here’s to another great baseball season!!!

  • http://daviddaniels.com David Daniels

    And if no one leaves a comment I’m gifting this app to myself! :)

    • Joel DeFrancisco

      I loved this app last year and I hear it will have better graphics. I had it on both my iPod and iPad and watched games daily. I have heard the app will cost the same this year. Looking forward to it’s release and a great season

    • Greg

      you can gift it to me

    • Andy House

      The best part about the app is that you can have baseball anywhere. Riding a bus? Plug in the headphones and watch the game on your phone. Walking 8 blocks to meet your girlfriend at a restaurant? Check the radio broadcast out on your phone.

      I am an East Coaster, but I still love listening to a Dodger game on some lazy Tuesday night for a couple of innings. It is just so perfect because it fits so well around your life. At work, on the go, or even at home you can find ways that it helps you stay in touch with the game we all love.

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