Mar 08 AT 9:54 AM Eric Weiss 18 Comments

Android app review: at Bat 2010

After last years successful beta test during the World Series, Major League Baseball has released the Android version of their award winning At Bat 2010 app.  The price tag may startle some but there really is a lot of bang for the buck.

I am a baseball fanatic. When Major League Baseball released the At Bat 2009 app for the iPhone last year I was very jealous. I considered getting an iPod Touch just to be able to get the app. Then during the postseason the app came out for Android during the postseason as a beta test and we all knew Android would be getting it’s own app for the 2010 season.

Last week At Bat 2010 showed up on the Market and I grabbed it immediately. The $15 price-tag may startle some but this is one app that is definitely worth it for any baseball fan.

When you open the app you are presented with a list of games scheduled for that day. You can scroll through the days left and right. Tapping a game brings up details such as starting pitchers and a list of television and radio stations covering the game. If the game is being played you can watch pitch by pitch data of the game though it is unclear if subscribers ($200 a year) will be able to watch the actual game pitch by pitch through the Android app like out iPod/iPhone brethern.

Clicking the Menu from the schedule screen brings up a host of options, and this is where things get good. You have your standard news and standings which do exactly what you would think (although I have had problems with the news not always loading but a quick tap of the back button and loading it again has solved it). The video highlight section is great. The highlight videos come quickly over 3G and are pretty good quality. But where this app shines and gives you your value is the Audio.

Clicking Audio gives you your choice of listening to either teams local radio coverage (when available). But it does have it’s problems. I listened to three games and switched between the two feeds. One third of the time it worked perfectly, one third of the time the audio was so soft it was inaudible, and one third of the time it was so full of static I could deal with it. I expect these problems to be ironed out by the time first pitch is thrown on April 4th.

MLB has stated that they are working on all their mobile apps constantly and have already updated the Android app once. There is an email address within the app to email for feedback or support which is something more developers should do. One thing I have not been able to find out about is blackout dates. Major League Baseball has the most complicated blackout rules for viewing and listening to the game. I do not know if these rules carry over to their mobile app.

One thing lacking from the app is any sort of notifications. I expected a least to be able to set some sort of alarm before my favorite team was going to start a game but there’s nothing of the sort. Also it should be noted, (where this app gets its info from) is notorious for being 5-20 minutes behind live games so if you are hoping to augment your television viewing with your Android device it might be a bit frustrating.

Even with the problems I mentioned (most of which I do expect MLB to fix by opening day) this is the app for the hardcore MLB fan despite the premium price.

Source: MLB Mobile

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  • http://Website Ed Radakovitz

    As a huge White Sox fan that lives in Nashville, this was a must have when I saw it was available. Already used it to listen to two spring training games and love it. Audio was a little soft at times but I hope it will be fixed. I can now have my ChiSox on the go no matter where I’m at.

    • Dean Williams

      OT comment: Glad to see another A& user from Nashville on here. Been seeing more and more G1′s and Droid’s around town. Haven’t seen an N1, but really want to so I can approach a random stranger and beg to play with their phone!

  • http://Website Malcolm Wilson

    Wasteful for me if I am unable to watch live video since I am already an paid subscriber (can watch live games and listen to radio on cpu). I will stay with my free SportsTap if I am unable to watch the games live via this app. Go Cardinals!

    • http://Website Justin

      You need to get an iPhone. The app is way better overall with one free streaming game (video) every day and full access to video for subscribers. The iPhone version also includes push notifications and radio broadcasts of every game with the choice of home or away announcers.

      The only thing I was worried about was being able to listen to games while doing other things (i.e. playing scrabble with facebook friends, checking email/twitter, texting, etc.), but was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can launch any stream in Safari to play audio in the background.

      I’m sure the Android version will eventually get these updates, but for now, my $15 is going much further.

  • http://Website Seth

    Sometimes spring training audio isn’t very high quality. Could be a problem with the facilities, not necessarily with the app.

    White Sox suck. Cardinals suck. Go Royals.


    • http://Website jerkyjones

      +1 Royals

  • http://Website ron

    On My Touch games freeze and stop playing 50% of the time the other 50% has mufffled and tinny audio.

    MLB knows it has problems..they tell me they are working on it.

    Right now, it’s a waste of money.

    • http://Website jerkyjones

      It has its issues, yes. But the price gives you live game audio for the entire season. I figure even if the Royals (or your team of choice) suck, I’ll still follow them until the All-Star break at a minimum. That’s still well worth $15.

  • http://Website mattpeters

    After testing the first three dodger games of spring training on my Eris I have noticed the following things:

    -Plays and Box score updates are a half-inning behind the radio and App broadcast. This needs to be fixed soon! Do you guys have this problem?
    -Audio is about 15 seconds behind the AM radio broadcast. No big deal there.
    -All times are listed in ET and there is not option to change this. It should change based on your location, since the app already has access to your GPS location. I have no idea why they want that if they don’t use it. I emailed Customer service about this and they have not responded yet after 3 days.

    • http://Website Justin

      I’m sure they’ll work these bugs out. All these issues are non-existent on the iPhone (with the exception of lag behind AM broadcast).

      I’m really looking forward to the in stadium features they will be rolling out later this year.

  • http://Website Mike

    During the beta last year I didnt have any issues. So hopefully some of these that people have already mentioned (lag, audio drop) get worked out quickly.

  • http://Website Adam

    My audio will sometimes play for just a few seconds, sometimes up to a couple minutes but always cuts out and the player thinks it is still going. I really hope MLB fixes this soon. This is the main reason I bought this app.

    • http://Website David

      I am having the same problem. It is VERY FRUSTRATING. MLB, PLEASE FIX!!!

  • St. Cards

    The audio issues can usually be cleared up by removing the battery, restarting the app.

  • http://Website ChillyMutt

    Hit or miss with this app. One time the audio is fine … the next full of distortion, pauses, repeated sections. Also, your $15 for streaming audio is only for mobile devices, not for all internet streaming media. It’s really silly to have to play for the same feed that is ‘free’ over the air on an AM radio – still have all the commercials as AM radio.

    I may keep this app if it were free but feel like I was ripped off paying $15. I will be seeking a refund.

  • http://Website Gerry Farraira

    Who the bleep cheers for the Kansas City Royals????

  • http://Website Marmooset

    Anybody know if the android has an equivalent app for NHL games?

  • http://Website Cubs

    So I already purchased streaming audio online from for $15, now in order to have it on my Droid I will have to pay another $15 for the app!?!? how freaking stupid..