Over the past two years, I’ve started to get into following baseball daily, and cut the cord on relying on warmed-over highlight/opinion baseball shows with the MLB.com AtBat app. To me the $14.95 for radio broadcasts, highlights of key plays and live boxscores in a compact format is worth it.
MLB.com’s newest extension is the free Triple-A application, a separate application that keeps live boxscores and a scoreboard of Pacific Coast League and International League games. I’m not going to pretend, I follow very little about minor league baseball. I’ve kind of been forced into following though with my Royals’ callups this season (sorry, my team can’t just trade for an All-Star like Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. Sorry.) It’s not in the front of my app board, and I won’t check it as much as the MLB version, but I want to at least start to track the Omaha Storm Chasers nightly in a format I’ve grown comfortable with. Yes, the app’s strength is how much of a carbon copy it is from the AtBat app.
Looking at the roster of a few clubs is where I got kind of sentimental while bitter while hopeful. The Jeff Suppan thing wasn’t temporary, was it? Jarrod Dyson: remember that time he scored on a pop-up to the shortstop? We have a guy on our team named Lebron? Grrr Vin Mazzaro…though he’s 5-2 with a 4.95 ERA in Omaha! Still, the bad memories for some of these players like Mazzaro linger. Zach Miner: remember the Detroit days? Because of the promotion of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Johnny Giavotella’s promotion to Kansas City, I just felt some pity for the familiar names who found themselves in AAA, the players that are being blocked from promotion (Lorenzo Cain,) the MLB rejects (Kila Ka’aihue.) And looking around at other rosters, the names I’ve never heard of. Are they the star prospects of their parent club? Are they just career minor leaguers?
I closed the app with an odd, empty feeling. Yes, baseball is a business, and even players at this lower level are playing a sport they love for some money, but yep, 25-man rosters in major league baseball can indeed be cruel.
But, by all means, if you’re more emotionally capable than I am and follow the minors without getting sentimental, the app is a good download. And again, it’s free!
Oh, and the Rochester Red Wings are apparently 46-74. Lol Minnesota.