At Bat 2012 now available baseball fans!

The first iOS app I ever fell in love with, Major League Baseball’s At Bat (free, universal) is now available for 2012. A new baseball season brings a new pricing structure. This year, the app is free to download with three tiers of functionality, available via in-app purchase.

Tier one  – $14.99 annually

  1. Pitch FX (the pitch-by-pitch calling)
  2. Game Day Audio (I love this feature – listen to your team’s home radio announcers, even when traveling)
  3. Stats
  4. Highlights
  5. Live Look-ins (video)
  6. Condensed Games and video library archive
  7. Free live game of the day

Tier two – $2.99 monthly

Same as the above, but available to iOS customers only.

Tier three – MLB.TV subscribers

All features are free for MLB.TV subscribers (just confirm your account details), plus live video broadcasts of select pre-season games.

I’ll opt for the one-time fee of $14.99. At Bat is a fantastic app. Go, Sox!

Post-World Series, At Bat becomes a great news reader

Major League Baseball’s (MLB) At Bat is one of my favorite iOS apps (I first wrote about At Bat for TUAW in 2008). During the regular season, it provides real-time stats, play-by-play action, video, news and so much more. Now that the 2010 season is over, At Bat for iPad has transformed into a wonderful news reader.

The current layout presents 7 pages of news stories from around Major League Baseball, with anywhere from 2 to 8 stories per page. Every club is represented and nearly every article is accompanied by a video.

The UI is simple and clear. With black (resizable) text on a white background, it feels like a newspaper sports section. Tap any article to bring it to the front and you’ll find a button to share via email, a preview of the next and previous article plus dots that indicate an article’s length. The videos look great, especially when viewed in full screen, and load quickly over Wi-Fi. As of this writing there are Mastercard ads but they’re completely unobtrusive.

Kudos to the Major League Baseball Advanced Media team. They obviously understand what iPad-wielding fans want and continue to deliver a stellar experience. This is the first time I’ve kept At Bat after the season has ended.

Check out the gallery of screenshots below.

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