Baseball season is underway, and there are a variety of iPhone apps that provide breaking baseball news or help you manage your fantasy team. We found a few iPhone baseball apps that are definitely worth a download, and some of the apps we previously recommended skipping have been improved.
For the 2013 season, the MLB.com At Bat app is the baseball fan's hub for multimedia access to baseball from opening day to the World Series. Free users can enjoy the free game of the day, while users who pay US$19.99 can watch every out-of-market game for the entire season. If you subscribe to MLB.TV Premium on your cable, you'll also get access to your subscription in this app (in-app purchases let you buy MLB.TV Premium for your cable, too). As in previous seasons, the app still offers dozens of articles are posted each day. If you're a huge baseball fan, the paid MLB.com At Bat app may be worth the upgrade; otherwise, the one live game per day may be a too little.
ESPN Radio (Free) is a fantastic, five-star app. It includes live radio broadcasts for 17 local ESPN stations, in addition to the national ESPN radio station. There are also over 35 podcasts for popular ESPN radio shows. Get the latest SportsCenter updates every 20 minutes or download shows for offline listening. The latest edition of the app has improved stability in streaming, according to ESPN, so you won't miss a moment of the action.
3. CBS Sports
The CBS Sports Mobile app (Free) is another top pick for following baseball news and scores. Like the ESPN Radio app, CBS Sports Mobile supports live scoring and play-by-play details for baseball and other sports events. You can also select a favorite team so you'll be updated quickly on any breaking news. The latest version of the app includes live streaming for top sporting events being broadcast on CBS, as well as on-demand access to highlights and analysis.
If your fantasy baseball league is set up at CBS Sports, you need this app to keep on top of the action for the entire season. CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball (Free) lets you set your line up, add and drop players, check player stats, propose and accept trades, view and approve pending transactions, and get the latest news about the Major Leagues.
There's a reason why Baseball Superstars 2013 (Free) often shows up on top-downloaded lists and gets rave reviews -- it's simply great fun. It includes everything you would expect from a good baseball app, and it features six different game modes, including exhibition or match play. You can also work to develop your baseball players into "superstars" through training, participating in events and buying them things. The developer claims more than 30 million copies of this app have been downloaded, so it's a must-have baseball app for your iPhone. This year's version is free, with in-app upgrades.
Yahoo! Fantasy Sports (Free) has made many improvements over previous version, which had bad crashing problems that made it frustrating to use. Users are much more positive about this year's version of the app, which is still free and offers a very slick interface. If your fantasy league is hosted at Yahoo, this app gives you an on-the-go way to keep on top of your team, setting lineups, making moves, and more.