Major League Baseball is in full swing with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

Get ready for the longest sport season of the year – baseball! The classic American pastime's 2012 season has already begun. Android can help you stay on top of it all, with a few very useful apps.

MLB.com At Bat 12 ($14.99)

Updated for 2012 spring traning, MLB.com At Bat is the go-to app for baseball fans. Coming straight from the official app, you’ll get the latest updates from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, along with a customized home screen, a home screen widget for in-progress scores and radio broadcasts for spring training games. You can follow the action for every pre-season game, with a searchable archive for video clips, highlighting players and teams. MLB.com At Bat is a one-stop shop for Android users, though you’ll need the full version to access all its features. It’s pricey at $14.99 but well worth it for regular baseball fans.

ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012 (Free)

For anyone in a fantasy baseball league, it’s spring training for you, too. Get started with ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball app, delivering the latest in player, team and league information you need to research before your draft, like the Rookie Reports and recommendations on breakout players. Staying in step with the league, this free Android app lets you manage your team on-the-go, so you can add, drop and trade players as needed. ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball app gives you real-time scores, matchup details, news, videos and tweets from ESPN analysts. There’s message boards for your league, notifications for player changes and all the spring training notes you’ll need.

SportCaster (Free)

SportCaster is a great way to get updates on scores and game highlights on-the-go. With real-time scores, stats, play-by-plays and commentary, SportCaster aggregates the best content the baseball world has to offer. For broadcast exhibition games into the baseball season, SportCaster is a pretty good alternative to watching the game. You can get feeds based on a game you’re following, your fantasy roster and league standings, as well as game schedules for the season. Upgrade to an ad-free app for $4.99.

2012 Spring Training Guide (Free)

It’s not the most glamorous of apps, but it has the information you need specific to this year’s spring training period. The text-heavy app outlines game schedules by team, marking games on a map view for added context. From there you can get additional information on team news, and tips from SpringTrainingTips.com. This guide goes beyond the game schedule, acting as a resource for anyone at the game, loading up area maps with sports bar recommendations and weather reports, so you can be as prepared as your favorite team when it comes to spring training.

Team Baseball Stats Calculator ($2.89)

Baseball is considered a smart man’s sport, and that can easily pertain to the endless stats you can run on a player and their team. With Team Baseball Stats Calculator you can track up to 15 players, monitoring their batting averages, ERA and on-base percentages. The free Android app comes with a pitch counter and offers reports sent via text or email. It’s a hands-on way to follow your team, and comes in handy for fantasy leagues. Have you seen Moneyball yet?