Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball Apps
Last week, Major League Baseball kicked off the 2013 Season and we thought it fitting to take a look a the baseball oriented apps in this week's roundup.
You do have sports apps like ESPN Scorecenter and ScoreMobile that will pull MLB news and scores to your Windows Phone but these are baseball only type apps. Apps that will keep you up to date with all the scores, stats and standings and one app that will help you score games yourself.
If you've got a favorite baseball oriented app, feel free to sound off in the comments.
Baseball Live (free): Baseball Live is a comprehensive app for everything Major League Baseball. You get the latest news on teams, a live scoreboard for current games, live game details including box scores and play information, along with all the team information, player stats and league standings.
Add ESPN and MLB videos and access to MLB, ESPN MLB, FOX, and NBC HardballTalk twitter feeds and Baseball Live pulls in a ton of baseball information to your Windows Phone.
Baseball Live is a free app for your Windows Phone that you can snatch up here at the Windows Phone Store.
Baseball Now (free): As with Baseball Live, Baseball Now pulls in a lot of baseball information to your Windows Phone. Baseball Now has more of a Metro (or Modern UI) design that delivers standings, stats, scores, and news from the various Major League Baseball teams.
Baseball Now has a series of Live Tiles that give you access to your favorite team, view tweets from MLB, view games scores, view league standings, view player stats, read the latest MLB news, and change the background wallpaper to one of a dozen baseball themed images.
Scores for games in progress can be pinned to your Start Screen and updated periodically with push notifications available for scores as well. Baseball Now has a simple, straight forward user interface and can easily keep you informed of all the comings and goings for the Major League season.
Baseball Now is a free app for your Windows Phone that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store.
Baseball Scores (free): If you are looking for something a little more scaled back, take a look at Baseball Scores. This baseball app offers you all the scores for the day on one page and links to various Major League Baseball sources such as MLB.com, StubHub.com and Ticketmaster.
In tapping on an individual score Baseball Scores sends you to ESPN.com box score for that particular game.
If all you want to do is keep up with the days baseball scores, Baseball Scores isn't a bad app to consider. It's a free, ad-support app for your Windows Phone that you can snag here at the Windows Phone Store.
ScoreKeeper (trial/$1.49): For those who attend baseball games and like to keep score while you watch, take a gander at ScoreKeeper.
ScoreKeeper lets you edit and save rosters as well as track pitching, batting and base running stats. Just like you would from a score sheet or game program. What's nice about ScoreKeeper is that it can be used for Major League games, High School games or Park and Recreational League games.
At the conclusion of the game, box scores can be generated and emailed. Your score sheets can be saved as image files in your Pictures Hub.
ScoreKeeper might not appeal to everyone but if you are looking for a convenient, easy way to score a baseball game it's worth a try. The trial version will let you score one game and the full version of ScoreKeeper will cost you $1.49. You can find it all here in the Windows Phone Store.
Baseball Pro '13 (free): Baseball Pro '13 (previously known as Baseball Pro '12) is another all encompassing baseball app that delivers scores, stats, and news from the current Major League Baseball season.
Pages cover live scores, your Baseball Pro profile and MLB news, standings, and team listings. From the team listings you can drill down to team and player stats as well as game schedules. You profile will carry over if you've used Baseball Pro '12 and uninstalled the app. The profile lets you tag a team as a favorite and create a Live Tile that will show scores and let you jump straight to that teams' page.
Baseball Pro '13 also has a Fantasy Playoff Prediction feature where you can personalize your own playoff prediction and pick who is going to win the World Series this season. You also have videos, podcasts and a sport talk feature to let you discuss the latest baseball events.
Baseball Pro '13 is a free, ad-supported app for your Windows Phone and you can find it here in the Windows Phone Store.
If ESPN Scorecenter or Score Mobile just doesn't satisfy your baseball needs, either Baseball Pro '13, Baseball Now, or Baseball Live will. With all three being free, you don't have anything to lose in trying the all out.
Baseball Scores is a little too scaled back for my tastes (your views may differ) but is nicely done and I wish I had ScoreKeeper years ago when my son played Little League.
As always, if we've missed your favorite baseball oriented app, feel free to share below in the comments.