MLB.com At Bat 11 spruces up graphics, adds social networking

With pennant races in full swing and the postseason approaching, Major League Baseball has spruced up its iPhone app with improved in-game graphics, more in-app multimedia, and expanded social networking options.

The revamped MLB.com At Bat 11 debuted this week in the App Store, with features that should appeal to fans of the league’s fantastic iPad app. Whereas the app previously featured generic in-game graphics depicting a hitter’s view and strike count—something akin to a mid-1990s Sega video game—that feature has been updated with the iPad app’s beautifully rendered graphics providing realistic, detailed views of the ballpark, uniforms, and player-specific hitting stances. The updated iPhone app looks much better than its predecessors.

But there’s also expanded functionality. Post-game wraps—which previously featured just a story and box scores—now include embedded video highlights from the contest. And for baseball fans who actually go to the ballpark, the updated app now includes the ability to check in via Foursquare. The app also adds expanded team and player information.

Additionally, both the iPhone and iPad app were upgraded this week to address an ongoing problem: The feature that lets users listen to out-of-market game radio broadcasts has been spotty, at best, throughout the summer. Users can now choose between three different audio formats—Shoutcast Default, Shoutcast Alternate, and HTTP Live Streaming—to score the best chance of actually hearing their teams play.

MLB.com At Bat 11 costs $7, and is compatible with any device running iOS 4.0 or later.

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