Review: MLB.com At Bat 2009

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    At Bat 2009

    Intro: Baseball season is only a couple of months underway, but action is already heating up. Don’t miss any of what’s left; At Bat 2009 provides live in-game audio for every single MLB game this season for only $10.

    Summary: In At Bat 2009, you are presented with a list of games for the day. By tapping the blue arrow next to the game time, the dueling pitchers and their wins/losses and ERA are presented. During the game, tapping the blue arrow will bring up a tabbed view that shows a gameday play-by-play animation, a graphic of the baseball diamond with all of the current players on it, a box score, a summary of the game, and –most importantly—videos. Minutes after an important play in the game, a short video clip of the play is available for viewing. Unfortunately, the clip is not real time, nor can you specify whether you want the home or away broadcast for the clip.
    Of course, you don’t need to tap that little blue arrow. Instead, you can select the “Audio” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. There, you are given choices of listening to the home or away broadcast of the game, wherever and wherever you are (with an Internet connection, of course).

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    The Good: Just about everything. For $10, the whole baseball season is available at your fingertips. The audio is great, and always comes in clear and strong. The delay from the actual radio broadcast to the one on your iPod is only 15 seconds. The audio keeps running even if you lock your iPod or iPhone. The video clips are great and are available about 10 minutes after the great play. There is no way of knowing whether or not a certain great play will be published, however.

    The Bad: These are really just some minor issues. [Note: This is no longer the case: First, you need to go into Apple’s Settings app to designate a favorite team, which is a little annoying.] Also, every once in a while, the audio feed needs to be reconnected. Sometimes a great play as announced by the radio broadcasters is never uploaded as a video clip, and some smaller teams (mainly in the western part of the US) seem to have fewer video clips uploaded than, say, the New York teams. Finally, this application would benefit greatly from being able to run in the background.

    Conclusion: Even though the season has already begun, MLB.com At Bat is well worth $10. The ability to listen to any team at any time is truly incredible. Note that this application will not work after the season ends, but the playoffs and World Series will be included. If you are a baseball fan, this app is a must!

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    Price: $10
    Score: 9.5/10
    A lite version is available for free but provides no audio or video clips.

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    Nice review. This is one of my favorite apps.
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    Thanks, and congratulations on becoming a member of the review team!
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    Thanks. BTW, you can select your favorite team from the App now. It's under Settings when you hit the extras button.
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    Well how about that... thanks!
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    Joe Rossignol Community Manager Staff Member

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    - Center and make the title of the application bigger
    - Center screenshots
    - Other than that, pretty great job!
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    Thanks for the advice, I fixed that.

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