PLAY BALL! The best baseball apps for the 2015 season

 

It’s back!  Baseball season gets underway this week and we couldn’t be happier. Why? Because, for one, it signals the warm weather is finally ready to stick around. Also, because we love very few things more than going to the ballpark and enjoying a hot dog and some nachos.

As we’ve done in the past, we have gathered up some of the best Android baseball apps around to help get you ready for the 2015 season. Some of what you’ll find are officially licensed MLB apps, some are catch-all sports apps or fantasy baseball-related, and others just kinda fill in the gaps.


 

MLB.com At Bat

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The official Major League Baseball has been around for a few years now but it keeps getting better. Updated in early April, the app features a redesigned widget, Material Design principles, and Chromecast support.

Phone users will enjoy the 30 team pages and league-wide scoreboard while tablet owners may appreciate the featured team option with scores, news, videos, and more.

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ESPN Fantasy Baseball

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For those of you who don’t have a particular team to follow, or who like to keep things interesting, ESPN’s official fantasy baseball app is here to help. Keep an eye on multiple teams or leagues; watch live MLB scores, and access news, videos, and more. Put together some head-to-head matchups to see who might make the cut next week and who will be riding the pine.

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ESPN

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The first name in sports television programming, this one is super obvious. Not only are you gonna get baseball but this one’s got pretty much every sport under the sun. Get real-time updates on games, scores, and breaking news. Previously called ScoreCenter, the app also lets users watch live programming.

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MLB.com Ballpark

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Plan to take in a few ball games at the stadium this season? You’ll want to have this app installed on your smartphone or tablet as it’s the perfect companion. Check in at the stadium and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful things, including maps for concession stands, seat guides, and mobile food ordering (at select ballparks). Before heading off to watch a game you can also check team schedules, pull up driving directions, follow teams on social media, and more.

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WatchESPN

 

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As if the name of the app isn’t clear enough, this one lets users watch ESPN programming live from their mobile device. You’ll have continuous coverage and access to a number of ESPN channels so you can stay on top of every major broadcast. You’ll need to ensure your service provider plays nicely with WatchESPN but it’s the best way to get your fix. Indeed, this one works year ’round and allows for watching of MLB, college football and basketball, and Monday Night Football (NFL).

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ESPN Radio

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Can’t get yourself in front of a TV to watch the big game or to catch up on the day’s events? Why not listen to live play-by-play of games directly from ESPN?

With more than three dozen radio stations from around the country, you’ll also be able to tune in to shows like The Michael Kay Show, Mike and Mike in the Morning, and more.

Updated every twenty minutes, you can also listen to an OnDemand episode of SportsCenter. Also, a recent update lets users create custom playlists and stations centered around sports, specific teams, players, and other topics.

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theScore: Sports & Scores

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Follow any major sports team, event, or player, including your fantasy teams and receive push notifications of scores, end of innings, and key moments. You can create a stream (Feed) and keep an eye on all sorts of wonderful things, including scores, real-time details, and stats. The home screen widget makes it easy to check scores at a glance and the lock screen widget puts it one step closer to your fingertips.

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Yahoo Sports

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A one-stop-shop for all sports, we like having this one around during baseball season. Log into your Yahoo account and sync up your settings, history, and other details without breaking a sweat. New to Yahoo? You’ll enjoy the clean look that feels very current on today’s Android UI. Follow stats, scoreboards, schedules, players, teams, and much more; news articles written by Yahoo staff keep you in the know.

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CBS Sports

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Another one of those catch-all sports app, this one provides live radio and video for broadcasts, including baseball. Additionally, you’ll find news, scores, calendars, push notifications, and more. Works nicely with Android TV, making it a fun one to have on in the background.

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Yahoo Fantasy Sports

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Join an existing league or create your own for not only baseball but for a number of other sports, too. Need to brush up and test yourself before going into the real deal? Try one of the mock drafts and see how you fare. Check on your team and players throughout the day, set matchups, and peek at the overall standings to see where you rank. Head to the message boards to get your smack talk on or to ask other managers for help.

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Team Stream by Bleacher Report

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A fun one to have around all year, this is a mobile version of the Bleacher Report experience. Follow your favorite teams, get news and updates, check scores, browse stats, and pretty much anything else you might expect. Set alerts for specific teams so you’re up to the moment on what’s going on; turn them off to avoid spoilers while out and about. If you don’t need to watch games live or care much for super drilled-down details, you’ll enjoy this one.

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365Scores: Live Sports Scores

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By using news and reports from services such as Yahoo and ESPN, this app features a great curated stream of updates. Toss in some personal settings for leagues, sports, and teams and you’ve got a really nice experience for the baseball season. We really like the notification system and appreciate being able to toggle push alerts for specific games.

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FOX Sports Mobile

fox_sports_960While it could certainly use a visual refresh, the FOX branded experience still delivers the goods. Get your news, updates, videos, photos, stats, scoreboards, and standings; it’s a nice app to have for all-around sports enthusiasts. Get commentary and analysis from FOX Sports personalities and writers and keep an eye on your local FSN cable broadcasts.

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