New season brings new, updated apps

New season brings new, updated apps

Teams are gradually breaking camp at Spring Training, Major League ballparks are being spruced up for their openers, and on Thursday there was still another key annual harbinger of the imminent arrival of Opening Day. MLB Advanced Media had made available the Opening Day updates for its mobile apps to its millions of fans: At Bat, Ballpark and Home Run Derby. Here's what you'll get:

At Bat
The highest-grossing sports app for a record six straight years, At Bat has an Opening Day update that includes support for Apple Watch, beginning on April 24. With At Bat for Apple Watch, you will be able to get live scores, statistics, pitch tracking for every regular-season and postseason game, individual MLB player cards, notifications and breaking news. At Bat delivered comprehensive bilingual accessibility for Spanish-speaking fans, among other new features with its update.

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

An At Bat subscription means you 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.

If you don't already have an MLB.TV Premium subscription, then enjoy a two-day free preview featuring 24 exhibition games on Friday and Saturday. Watch them over your At Bat app and see what it feels like to see live games anywhere with the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product. These broadcasts will be available across the more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices.

Ready to check in at a Major League ballpark again? MLBAM has updated its award-winning and newly renamed Ballpark app for iPhone and Android smartphones. This update includes customizable notifications, a new ticketing section and a redesigned app navigation.

Entering its fourth season, Ballpark delivers fully intuitive integration of locally focused technology with a league-wide feature set, including team customization, exclusive video highlights, mobile food, beverage and official merchandise ordering, seat and experience upgrade capabilities; MyTickets Mobile for in-app purchase with Apple Pay as a payment option, delivery and storage of every ticket sold and content integration with ballpark video screens.

At last year's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota, MLBAM introduced interactive ballpark attractions using iBeacon technology. Fans visiting Target Field, and now select other ballparks as of Opening Day, with Ballpark on their iPhones (iOS 7 required) will be able to use iBeacon when visiting the supported ballpark attractions, offering a unique mobile perspective through original content automatically delivered to their iPhones.

MLBAM also utilizes iBeacon technology for automatic check-ins to every home game, featuring personalized offers and rewards. Additional ballparks will be outfitted to support interactive ballpark attraction experiences through iBeacon and will be announced as they become available.

Here is a long list of new Ballpark features. You can download Ballpark on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Home Run Derby
MLBAM also has updated its popular Home Run Derby game at its earliest date to give fans more than three months to compete in the Derby from Great American Ball Park, home to the Reds and the 2015 Home Run Derby.

The 2015 version of the game is available as a free download on the Apple App Store and includes multiple ballparks, including its HD recreation of Great American Ball Park. Play against millions in both single-player and multiplayer modes for a chance to capture the Home Run Derby title, reach the top of the worldwide leaderboards and earn valuable upgrades.

Home Run Derby delivers an action-packed baseball experience unlike any other on mobile platforms with unparalleled graphics, user-friendly controls and sound. This version also includes high-resolution players for 41 participants from the 2010-14 Home Run Derby competitions.

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.