Getting your baseball fix on an iPhone: Introduction

When your blog’s readership is as small and focused as mine, you start to wonder if anything of “general interest” is really worth posting amidst the glut of specific-interest content.  It’s a good thing I like writing anyway, because I’m throwing caution to the wind and doing a “general interest” series with only a slight correlation to the rest of the themes on this blog.

There are maybe only a few casual readers of this site who own an iPhone, but the rest of you have probably been inundated with the TV ads proclaiming that you can get an iPhone app for anything, from running a business to identifying poisonous plants.  Perhaps you’ve considered buying one, or perhaps not.

If neither the prospect of paying $30 per month for internet access on a phone nor the realization that you have to sign yourself up to do so for two years can scare you away, then I highly recommend an iPhone.  I’ve owned one (a 3G) for almost a year now and enjoyed it immensely.  My only complaints thus far are the short battery life (I basically have to charge mine every night if I use it for more than just a few quick calls) and iTunes, which is an unreasonably bloated piece of software that’s required for syncing it to your computer.

The benefits of iPhone ownership have, for me, far outweighed the costs.  There really does seem to be an app for just about everything, and when it comes to sports, the options are seemingly endless.

My specific focus for this series will be simple: What’s the best way to get your MLB fix on an iPhone?

I’ll be reviewing the following apps with that in mind:

  • CBS Sports
  • ESPN ScoreCenter
  • FOX Sports Mobile
  • MLB.com At Bat 2009
  • ScoreMobile
  • Sportacular

Perhaps this will sway you one way or the other if you’ve been thinking about getting an iPhone.  (The time to get one is now, by the way, since they’ve just released the latest hardware version – 3G S – and the new 3.0 OS is out today.)  If you already own one, maybe I’ll share something you haven’t seen before, and please don’t hesitate to tell me what I’m missing.

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