Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat

Top sports mobile app launches massive update to add multiple new features

Now reporting to camp: At Bat.

The seventh-year veteran and highest-grossing sports app a record six straight years made its 2015 debut on Friday as an update on millions of smartphones and tablets everywhere. At Bat already is making some more history, too: It offers the most comprehensive bilingual accessibility of any U.S. professional sports app, as part of one of the single largest updates Major League Baseball Advanced Media has made to its flagship product.

Millions of Spanish-speaking fans around the world will have access to a fully native-language experience in the mobile app, including news articles, app navigation labels, video highlight descriptions, standings, customized team pages, available live audio broadcasts and the Gameday pitch-tracking feature, among other capabilities to be rolled out this season. Choosing Spanish in the device settings will enable that new feature.

At Bat was opened a record 5.7 million times every day by fans during the 2014 season. It returns just in time for the procession of those first Spring Training exhibitions. The Phillies get it started on Sunday against the University of Tampa Spartans, and the first chance to watch live action between Major League Baseball clubs will come on Tuesday.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers once again will receive a free upgrade to the complete suite of At Bat's premium features. Fans also may subscribe to At Bat and have access to its premium features on the Apple App Store or Google Play for a yearly subscription of $19.99, covering more than 2,500 live MLB games in 2015 from Spring Training through Opening Day to the World Series. Subscribers also may pay $2.99/month with the recurring billing offering.

With an At Bat subscription, users will have multiplatform live audio access for portability to take home, away and Spanish-language audio feeds to desktop and laptop computers. Subscribers also will be able to get full premium feature access across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire Phone.

"OK I've moved the At Bat App back on to my iPhone homepage," tweeted Orioles fan Shannon Rogers of Bel Air, Md. "I'm ready."

A lot of people can identify.

In addition to bilingual accessibility, the app's new features will include expansion of player search to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone); full-app redesign to support iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad; a new UI for all 30 team pages and the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone); a redesigned UI for the newsreader (iPhone, iPad); team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone); native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; easy access to every game and new team schedule navigation (iPhone); and UI redesigned to support Material Design (Android only).

Regular season and additional new features will be available before Opening Day, and there are plenty of Spring Training features you can enjoy in the meantime. For example, you can watch live streaming of more than 200 available Spring Training games with an MLB.TV Premium subscription (iPhone, iPad, select Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone), and listen live to available Spring Training radio broadcasts (all supported devices). At Bat Premium subscribers get multiplatform live audio access (portable to Mac or PC with a valid account) and universal support with accessibility on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets.

On all supported devices, you can track batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game; comb through sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics; stay on top of breaking news; see schedules, interactive rosters and player stats for every team; and watch the classic games video archive, featuring dozens of baseball's most legendary games.

On all supported smartphones, you can customize At Bat's home screen to feature your favorite team and access a video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of Read and join other baseball fans on his community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.