MLB.com issues update to MLB.com At Bat for the 2013 season (then pulls the update); but look for a new update to appear as the first spring game is played today
It is 24 degrees outside as I write this, and we’re expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow this evening… and its baseball season. Today the first game of 2013 will be played between the Red Sox and the Northeastern Huskies in what is most definitely an exhibition game.
Right on time MLB.com has updated its MLB.com At Bat universal iOS app. In fact, the update is so new that as I’m writing this it appears that the update has been pulled, possibly so that the app description can be updated – but before it was pulled I grabbed it. (Update: finally this afternoon the update hit again and should be available to download now.)
The app is very similar to last year’s app when MLB.com combined the iPhone and iPad apps into one universal app, at one price.
At Bat.13, as it appears after the update, will cost $2.99 per month, or $19.99 for the season for the Gameday, Live Audio In-Game Highlights features. The price for access to live and archived broadcast games is $129.99 for the season or $24.99 per month.
One word of warning, it is possible that the app update was pulled because it was not quite ready for prime time, kind of like most baseball players at this time of year. But one thing that happened when I updated my own app was that I lost the ability to access the archived games. It is possible that this was caused by the fact that the backend servers were not ready for the app or because the user database was not ready – in any case, my iPad has lost the ability to view last year’s games, which was a great joy for me, being a Giants fan and all.