Four beautiful words every baseball fan loves to hear: “pitchers and catchers report.”
The Kansas City Royals are looking to defend their 2015 World Series title and chase a third consecutive fall classic appearance, but this season is anyone’s game. The Chicago Cubs built the league’s best roster in the offseason; the LA Dodgers are contenders with the MLB’s highest salary; and former dynasties, like the Boston Red Sox, are scrambling to rebuild a World Series team.
The 2016 baseball season is shaping up to be an exciting one, so no matter where you live, there’s no reason to miss a single game. Whether you’re a Yankees fan living on the West Coast or a Phillies fan living in Minnesota, these are the surest ways to never miss your favorite team in action.
MLB.TV is America’s favorite way to watch out-of-market games. It’s the official streaming service of Major League Baseball, so a subscription gives you access to every out-of-market game from every team on your Web browser or through a streaming box, such as Apple TV or Roku. If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, this is the best way to go.
Thanks to a 2015 class action lawsuit, both its prices and options are getting even sweeter for 2016. MLB.TV is now available for $110 per season to watch every team. If you’re only interested in your own club, single-team packages are available for $84.99. Unfortunately, you still can’t watch in-market games through MLB.TV. For example, if you live in Phoenix and the St. Louis Cardinals come to town, you can’t watch the Cards through the streaming service.
MLB Extra Innings, DISH Anywhere, Strike Zone and MLB Network
You’re the ultimate fanatic of America’s pastime, and cord cutting and online streaming just don’t cut it. Well, if you subscribe to DISH, there is a world of options allowing you to watch the game from every angle. MLB Extra Innings, like MLB.TV, gives you access to every out-of-market game from every team on your TV (in full high definition, of course). If you prefer watching games on your computer, smartphone or tablet, you can stream those games through the DISH Anywhere app, so you can take baseball on the go.
Extra packages and channels like MLB Strike Zone and MLB Network deliver games, commentary and programming when the game just isn’t enough to satisfy your craving. Simply put, these packages are the ultimate way to take in the most baseball all the way through October.
If you’re intent on keeping the cord cut, a high-definition digital antenna is the perfect way to watch games in-market when they air on network channels, which usually includes FOX Sports and team networks like YES in New York. The Mohu Leaf is named appropriately for its shape, as it sticks flat against your wall and picks up digital channels over the air. You can’t get cable channels like TNT or TBS this way, but for less than $20 you can get FOX, NBC, ABC and CBS if you live near a metro area.