With the launch of the iphone App Store and the ability for 3rd party developers to write software for Apple's iPhone, MLB has introduced a $4.95 application designed particularly for the iPhone.
The main screen has the top 2/3 dedicated to todays scoreboard. The bottom 1/3 shows the game of your choice.
The scoreboard area shows:
- each game
- the score
- the inning
- and has a video icon to a link to a separate page of the application that has highlight clips for the selected game
The game detail shows:
- The line score
- A graphic representation of the field with any baserunners shown in by making the bases red.
- Current count.
- Current pitcher with record and ERA.
- Current batter with the current games hits and at bats and season batting average.
- A clickable image of a globe which opens mobile safari and the current play-by-play view of the game
The video highlight screen shows:
- a thumbnail of the video
- short description
- the length
- the time
- a status indicator about whether you have viewed the video or not
Clicking on the video rotates the image and shows a high quality clips with the widescreen.
Pros and Cons
- You can watch high quality video highlights away from the computer. Fast on wi-fi, don't know about 3g but imagine it will be pretty fine.
- Videos are difficult to dive in to and watch a few in a row. Considering they don't autoplay in sequence, you have to keep flipping the phone to widescreen and back if you want to click through videos
- It has less than the mlb mobile site in every area other than the ability to watch the clips.
I spent my $4.95 and perhaps it was worth it, but I don't really so using the app unless they improve it. You can't tell a pitcher's pitch count, you can't see who is in the lineup, you can't read a preview of tomorrow's game or a summary of yesterday's game. It's just a dressed up way to watch video clips when you're not at a full computer. Perhaps they'll add more functionality, but for now it's nothing to get too excited about.