MLB at Bat

Get instant, hands-free MLB updates in supported Ford vehicles

Red-blooded Americans who drive a Ford and follow our greatest American pastime can now do both at the same time, safely. MLB.com At Bat is now accessible in Ford vehicles that support the Ford SYNC AppLink. This includes 2012, 2013, and 2014 models like the Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Expedition.

Ford SYNC AppLink allows drivers to use simple voice commands to interact with Android applications. Users of MLB.com At Bat can use these commands to access schedules for all 30 Major League Clubs and get game scores in real time. Having a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13’s premium features enables users to connect their Android devices to listen to the home and away games of the regular season and postseason, which includes the 2013 World Series.

Those without a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13 can sign up for a free trial through July 31, 2013. After the trial ends, a one-time seasonal fee of $9.99 will buy access through all supported platforms (including iOS). Those that are already MLB.TV Premium subscribers get this service for free.

 

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MLB.com At Bat now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink

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I use AT Bat when on the road to listen to game out of reach from hometown radio.
Although I can pump the audio through my car's bluetooth, all the controls have to be done on the phone.

Its probably a first world problem, but a sad one that modern cars virtually never get an update, so even though the hardware is capable of supporting more bluetooth capabilities, your $20,000 to $70,000 car essentially is what it is when it rolls out of the factory.

So its nice to see some progress being made, even if it has to be made by application developers rather than Ford itself.

In my brief experience with Ford's SYNC (rental car--2013 Focus--for about two and a half weeks), I found it to be a huge pain.

Most of the time, I listen to something streaming from my phone over Bluetooth. The stereo would never "stay" in Bluetooth mode when I turned the car off, and the only way to get it back into Bluetooth mode was to hit the SYNC paddle on the steering wheel, wait for the chime and the "instructions" for me to tell sync what I wanted (really, *every* FRIGGIN time?) and then hope it understood me. Which it frequently didn't.

Not to mention, I still had to use the on-screen "swipe" on the phone to answer a call, since the "phone" button on the dash only seemed to work for making an outgoing call.

And, to top it all off, it didn't support AD2P (or whatever) showing what I was listening to on the screen, or any kind of control of the media playback from the stereo.

Personally, I feel that I get a much better experience from the aftermarket $200 Bluetooth-enabled JVC unit installed in my own car. Granted, the screen isn't as big, but I don't really need a 5" screen to display with the words "Bluetooth Audio".