Android apps to check on for the baseball season


Aug 27, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; A fan takes a picture with her tablet during a game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Now that we have live baseball in our lives again, I have a couple of simple apps that you might want to give a look-see. Again, these are very simple apps and serve a couple or purposes and both work fairly well on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

The first one is exactly as it states: Baseball Schedule 2014.

What you see above is an image if you are holding your tablet or smartphone to the side, or landscape mode.

Looks simple because it is. Here’s what I discovered…

– Can keep track of your favorite team’s games for spring training and the regular season. This can be done through the menu (touch the icon on the far left and the menu will appear as you see in the image below)
– By using a checkmark, you can specify games that you plan to attend (could be good if you are planning a trip to visit multiple stadiums)
– Through the menu, you can also have the app go to the current days games

– No scores are ever displayed (maybe this is me merely wanting more)
– All times displayed are for the local timezone (some may view that as a plus if you are using this to plan that extensive ballpark visiting summer trip)
– No need to “click” or “touch” a specific game as it will actually go nowhere.
– Upon opening the menu (the icon on the far right on the bottom line within the above image), you see the option that reads “Details on ESPN”. “Clicking” on this will not take you to a specified game even if you use a checkmark. Instead, you are taken to the scoreboard page on ESPN’s website through the Internet browser your device uses.

There’s not any bells and whistles with this app, but maybe some will find that refreshing. With the depth some apps provide, as I stated once and I will state again, you sometimes wish an app did just a tad more.

The second app might be a little more helpful if you are one that likes to keep track of daily lineups. Baseball Pres is the app you need if this is the case.

In viewing the above image, you will notice that along the top of the screen (once again in landscape mode) there are three dates: the previous day, the current day, and the following day. Those team names that are in red are those that have yet to have their starting lineup added. Those in black have been posted somewhere in the Internet and have been added.

Simply touch a specific game and…

There ya go! Here were the starting lineups for yesterday’s game between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. You will also notice that on the top is the day, date and start time.

– one place to get your starting lineups without having to scroll through various forms of social media.

– no swiping to change the page from one day to another.
– like the Baseball Schedule 2014, no scores appear on this app.
– if you have visited the Baseball Press website, there is much more offered there. Only starting lineups are on the app (again, me wanting more, I guess).
– the app updates a little slower than the website.

While I have more minuses than pluses, I do like this app. If I want more than what it offers, I can always visit their website to check out the extras they offer (and they do offer more than just starting lineups).

I hope you find one or both of these apps helpful for your spring training games and the upcoming regular season.