The 2013 Year in Baseball: Red Sox beat Cardinals in six; Robinson Cano leads the Dominican Republic to the World Baseball Classic title and eventually winds up with a big Seattle contract; Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh back to the postseason; Jose Fernandez says hello and Mariano Rivera says goodbye; Mets host Major League Baseball's 84th All-Star Game; and just about everyone you know is using the MLB.com At Bat app.
For the fifth consecutive year, At Bat on Tuesday was named the highest-grossing sports app by Apple in its annual Best of the Year rankings for the App Store. In the overall App Store rankings, At Bat finished the year as the only sports app to place among the Top 100 highest-grossing applications for both iPhone and iPad. At Bat finished 19th and 37th for iPhone and iPad, respectively, making it a perfect holiday gift for the first time at just $19.99 through 2014.
If you gift it to another fan now through MLB.com, he or she will have access to live Gameday Audio (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account); one-subscription multiplatform access (accessible on iPhone, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets, and Kindle Fire); and the latest Hot Stove breaking news, with full-game archives and video highlights from the 2013 season. It's one gift that can't go wrong and you can order any time of day.
"It's great. I have the app on my phone, on my iPad, so no matter where I am, I can watch a game," Rockies owner Dick Monfort said. "Usually it's the Rockies game, but I do watch other games."
In 2013, baseball fans downloaded At Bat more than 10 million times, with 60 percent of its subscribers accessing At Bat and its premium features, such as live audio broadcasts and the MLB.TV Game of the Day, daily. The only other sports apps to make any of the six different year-end App Store rankings by Apple were NHL GameCenter (iPad highest grossing, 99th) and WatchESPN (iPad free, 74th).
"Anything to get us closer to the game, help us understand more, get more information, is great," said Royals pitcher and Stanford grad Jeremy Guthrie, an avid At Bat user. "I know the fans will eat it up, as well as some of the players. I'm more of an iPhone guy than an iPad guy, but I have an iPad and use it on occasion. It'll be on my phone."
For more information on how to spread the At Bat love this holiday season, visit MLB.com or text GIFT to 31826.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.