10 reasons to put 2015 MLB.TV Premium on your gift list
With holidays around the corner, subscription is perfect present for baseball fan
The perfect holiday gift for Major League Baseball fans has just arrived: 2015 MLB.TV Premium.
Signups are underway at $129.99 for the yearly gift subscription, and you can even give it to yourself. The recipient will be able to watch every live out-of-market game in the next regular season over more than 400 devices, thanks to the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product.
Here are 10 reasons you should mix this into your current holiday shopping right now:
1. No wrapping necessary. You will be able to send it to a friend or family member as an activation email complete with personalized gift message, and you won't have to stress over shipping deadlines or the possibility that someone will return your gift.
2. It makes a nice milestone for those patiently waiting out this 125-day mandatory rest period between Madison Bumgarner's last World Series pitch for the Giants at Kansas City and the first day of Spring Training games on March 3.
3. Watch select Cactus and Grapefruit League games live online. Admit it: Just hearing the words "Cactus" and "Grapefruit" right now make you yearn for those first reporting dates in February.
4. Joe Maddon and Jon Lester with the Cubs, Pablo Sandoval with the Red Sox, Josh Donaldson with the Blue Jays, Michael Cuddyer with the Mets, Nelson Cruz with the Mariners, Yasmany Tomas with the D-backs, Didi Gregorius with the Yankees, David Robertson with the White Sox, Yoenis Cespedes with the Tigers, Dee Gordon with the Marlins, Brandon Moss with the Indians, Billy Butler with the A's … and that's just a start.
5. It will include a free 2015 subscription to the top-grossing sports app of all-time, MLB.com At Bat. Details on the app's launch for next season will be announced in coming weeks.
6. Giancarlo Stanton. Miami signed the outfielder to a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with a club option for 2028, the largest deal in North American sports history. With MLB.TV, you can watch all of his mighty swings live or on-demand.
7. Speaking of on-demand, the recipient will have immediate on-demand access to every full-game broadcast of the 2014 regular season and postseason. You could relive the way Derek Jeter said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with his walk-off single on Sept. 25 against Baltimore -- 12 years after playing in the very first MLB.TV live-streamed game.
8. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Angels, Corey Kluber of the Indians, Jose Abreu of the White Sox, Jacob deGrom of the Mets, Wade Davis and Greg Holland of the Royals, Andrelton Simmons of the Braves, Jose Altuve of the Astros, Johnny Cueto of the Reds and all those stars who just earned some key offseason hardware during awards season.
9. Numerous features including home and away broadcast feeds; clickable linescores so you go right to any previous at-bat in a game; up to four games at once on your media player; built-in social media chatter; and the ability to overlay a live box score over your broadcast. Every year it gets better.
10. People around the game watch it. "Having MLB.TV is a great thing for me, being the passion I have for baseball and the love I have for the game," Mets legend and MLB.TV subscriber Dwight Gooden said. "Obviously I'm a Met at heart, but there are a lot of teams I like to follow. I like to follow a lot of the young pitchers, so if I'm traveling or doing anything and can't get to my TV, I have my laptop right there where I can keep up with the game instead of waiting for it to come on with the postgame stuff. I get the live action right there."