Finally. The MLB at Bat 2011 iPhone app arrived early thursday morning and special mention to reader Joel Francisco who was the first to confirm the app had finally arrived in the app store. Here is my take on it…

It’s pretty much the same app as last year. There is one huge difference that really caught me by surprise simply because it is a feature that I would have never thought to add but is a great addition to the app…

Twitter has been integrated into this app. You won’t find it very easily though. You will need to navigate to the “MORE” tab, the last tab on the bottom right of the screen, tap “AT THE BALLPARK”, tap the ballpark of your favorite team and here you will find two options, the Ballpark map with Directory and the Twitter functionality.

Tap Twitter and you will be taken to a stream of tweets with your teams hash-tag (in my case it is the #METS Hashtag). What’s a hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Top right of the same screen you will find the familiar write a tweet icon that allows you to tweet straight from the app.

This is, by far, the best new function to come to this app. I could follow baseball games in 2 ways from my phone, from the MLB At Bat app and by following fans on twitter. Now I can do both in the same app. You can listen to the game and tweet at the same time without switching from app to app. This is a huge plus. Check out some of the screenshots in the embedded video…

Otherwise the app has the same features as last year. The ability to listen to every game live, 1 free video stream per day and lots & lots of news and stats. So what do you think of the new twitter functionality? 

We have a winner for the MLB At Bat 2011 iPhone app contest. The votes were split and surprisingly it came down to two Giants fans. The winning comment, which won by a small margin, belongs to DMFB who introduced us to a new way to use the app to avoid the ESPN announcers I really despise. Good Job :)

Thanks to all who participated and left a comment. Looking forward to seeing you back throughout the baseball season and beyond. Check back often as I do have other promos scheduled. The next one will appear on March 1st and is a freebie from one of my affiliates. I will also be giving out other various iPhone apps throughout the Spring & Summer.

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8 Comments

  1. Mike H April 15, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Is there not a way to open the audio in Safari like you could last year and listen to the game while using other apps? If not, thats a HUGE disappointment.

    I want to listen like last year, while using Twitter and or Facebook.

    Please e-mail me at mhustead@students.fairmontstate.edu if you have an answer!!!!!!!

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    1. David Daniels - Site Author April 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      No such luck on your question. No way to listen to the games from Safari on the MLB iPhone app but it’s an excellent question. The 2010 app had that functionality and now it’s gone. You may want to try the Stitcher iPhone app. You would have to locate your local radio station on it but it is free and plays in the background while you use other apps. But that’s a good catch. I didn’t realize the feature was not included in this years app.

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  3. DMFB February 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Thanks so much for picking me. I’m excited for spring training and the 2011 season.

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    1. David Daniels - Site Author February 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Thank you for the tip! I’m looking forward to the next ESPN broadcast of the Mets so that I can try syncing the local radio broadcast with the ESPN game. I just could not stand Joe Morgan and his made up stories. Very annoying. :)

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  4. Matthew February 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    I agree with you. I think that following twitter while following the Cubs game (I know, I know, 100 plus years blah blah) is going to be just like sitting next to a rabid fan. My wife doesn’t care that the Cubs overpaid for Soriano or Fukudome when they go 1 for 4 with a single, but you can bet that most of the Cubs Twitterites will care.

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    1. Matthew February 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      By the Way, As a first time MLB at bat on iPhone user do you know how to switch between your favorite teams on the main screen.

      I chose the Cubs and the Nationals as my favorite teams but only Cubs show up and I can not figure out how to rotate between the two.

      Thanks!!

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      1. David Daniels - Site Author February 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

        Looks like there is no way to easily switch from team to team even if you pick 2 as favorites. You have to go to the “More” tab and tap “Teams”. Then you can tap the Nationals and the app will switch to all Nationals info. It would be nice if there was an easier way to switch though. Good idea.

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