At Bat 11 takes your iPad to the Show

Spoiler alert! At Bat 11 delivers as much Major League Baseball to your iPad as you could possibly want (and pay for). It’s not cheap, and the more you want the more expensive it gets. But if you’re a real fan it’s an absolute best buy. If you’re not, you probably won’t even be reading this review.


Why would I follow up more than a week of Bible study and game reviews with MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPad? Because after the Bible, and voting Republican, baseball is about as American as you can get. In fact, it would be the most patriotic of all if it wasn’t the only one of the three that Democrats like, too.1

But both Democrats and Republicans would probably agree thay At Bat 11 excels as a standalone iPad app, and as a front end to full game playback on MLB.com. Republicans will really like the steep price tag, because it means more of them can afford it than Democrats, especially since Republicans can probably figure out how to write the entire package off on their taxes by hiring a tax lawyer who recommends it as a client service (not to mention the fact that they can now write off the tax lawyer too).

If you remember my review of ESPN sports for the iPad (which you probably don’t), you will remember that I complained how much it disappointed in comparison to the Flash play-by-play on computer browsers. At Bat 11 makes the ESPN gameplay look amateur.

You can check the scores for your favorite teams or every team, team standings, current stats, watch the game in progress, see game highlights, listen to the live game broadcast and (for a fee) even watch the games directly on your iPad.

You can watch game highlights directly on your iPad screen in crisp DVD quality video.

The fee for game subscriptions is steep, $100 for the standard package or $120 for the premium package with on screen controls and picture in picture. For another ten you can even watch any minor league games played that day.

You can follow league news and team trades. You can check the game day lineups. You can even identify your favorite teams and make sure they show up first on every screen. Best of all, it’s far easier to find the data you want to see in At Bat 11 than online or in the papers.

Among the options are divisional and wild card standings, team and player stats. You can even listen to the game broadcasts live while watching the play by play.

The best feature of At Bat 11 is the live game update, which you can set to update as frequently as every 15 seconds. You can follow every aspect of the game but the video playback. You can customize the viewer to show each pitch with speed and location and even pitching statistics and charts.
You can view the players’ position on the field, or the pitcher batter match ups. You can even follow the a play-by-play report or look at player stats.

One viewing option allows you to track each pitch with pitching stats and breakdowns.

You can also follow pitcher/batter match ups and follow the results of each play.

A third option lets you see see the player positions and player game stats. You can pretty much mix and match any of these windows.

I only found one downside to At Bat 11, and I use it to check in on the Tigers every day (and the Rangers, but my first love is the Tigers). The iPhone app is different from the iPad version, which means I had to shell out another $15 to use it in restaurants and when Carol drags me out to see her friends.

Fortunately, a single game subscription broadcasts game videos to your computer, iPad or iPhone. I think Major League Baseball realized there was only so much fans would be willing to be pay, and triple subscription fees would not be among them.

Jenny Manytoes rates At Bat 11

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over At Bat 11, and she doesn’t even like baseball. She resents the fact that the fifteen dollars I spent could have bought her two bags of quality cat food, but I assured her she didn’t get any less food than she would have had I not bought it.

Definite best buy, if only for die-hard baseball fans.


1And the NFL. I forgot the NFL. So it’s Bible, voting Republican, the NFL and baseball. But baseball would be number three if Democrats didn’t like baseball as much as Republicans like football. The NFL didn’t give us such great American icons as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken, Jr. And if baseball had held out on letting Black players pitch as long as football held out on playing them at quarterback, the NFL wouldn’t even stand a chance. back


The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.
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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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