Let's Play Two. Or Three. Baseball Widgets for Your Desktop

Michael Calore Email 04.02.07

Is there a sweeter month than April?

Yeah, there's that looming tax deadline and the miserable weather. But for baseball fans, April is the month we start getting our daily dose of dingers and double plays after the winter's unbearable gloom.

The necessary evil of the "day job," prevents most of us from following all the action during the day. Luckily, there are a number of RSS-powered widgets that deliver up-to-the minute scores and news items directly to our desktops or, alternatively, to personalized home pages.

These widgets will keep you going till quitting time, at which point you can sit down on the couch, fire up the TiVo and wait for that young punk they called up from the minors let you down all over again.

Scoreboard for Mac OS X Dashboard

A favorite among Mac users, Ryan Inselmann's Scoreboard is a super-simple score-tracking widget. It automatically scrolls through all of the games currently in progress to give you real-time data. If your favorite team is all that interests you, you can lock it to follow a single game. In addition to the score, the widget displays the count at the plate and the position of the base runners.

MLB Scoreboard for Google Personalized Homepage

Kevin Gill's MLB Scoreboard gadget for Google Homepage adds some cool extra features to the simple score model. It pulls live scores from MLB.com, so you can get updates on all of the games going on right now. You can also go back in time and look at scoreboard snapshots for the entire league on any given day. Most final scores link off to post-game wrap-ups on the MLB.com website. Kevin's gadget doesn't have funky graphics, just pure, clean functionality.

MLB Ticker for Yahoo Widgets

Chris Rendell's score tracking widget for Yahoo/Konfbulator 4 gives you real-time MLB.com score data for every game happening on any given day. Unlike Kevin's Google gadget, you can't go back in time to see yesterday's scores, but you can view league standings in a separate pop-up window. There's also a new version updated for Yahoo Widget Engine 4. MLB Ticker runs on Mac and Windows desktops.

Ballbug Widget

Ballbug is the best meme-tracking tool in baseball, hands down. It combs thousands of news sites and blogs, collecting the hottest discussions and generating a home page filled with the latest headlines every five minutes. It was created by the big brains behind the memetracker sites TechMeme and Memorandum. This widget was built for Google Personalized Homepage, but you can easily cook up your own Ballbug widget on Pageflakes, Netvibes, Live.com, My Yahoo or any web-based start page. Just grab the site's raw RSS feed, and plug it into its own widget.

Baseball Guru for Yahoo Widgets

Todd Lininger's Baseball Guru is a simple RSS reader widget that's been loaded up with feeds from all the major baseball news outlets. It also tracks heaps of lesser-known sites with specialized content. Headlines are wide-ranging, making the widget a must for fantasy junkies and history buffs. Where else can you get trade recommendations for lefty pitchers nestled next to an article listing "100 Great Baseball Names"? A nice touch: Baseball Guru collects news stories from around the world, so you get updates from Japan and Latin America, all written in English. It has a search tool, as well.

RotoFeed

Fantasy team captains -- stop getting toasted in trades! Get yourself a RotoFeed widget. RotoFeed is an indispensable RSS service that collects news, blog posts and podcasts about all things fantasy baseball. Add the feed to your favorite start page to get the latest projections, injury reports and player updates from the free service. If you want to embed an illustrated feed directly onto your blog or social network profile page, grab the JavaScript widget from Widgetbox or build a Flash version using SpringWidgets.

Make Your Own Widget

Just want updates about the Mariners? Are you a Yankees-hating Boston girl? The best way to track a single team is to make your own custom widget. All of the official Major League Baseball team pages have RSS feeds. News articles, opinion pieces, player trades and official wrap-ups -- basically every bit of news about your favorite team -- are served on these feeds. Send them to your RSS reader or your Ajax-powered home page, or use a widget platform like SpringWidgets to build an embeddable widget for your blog.

You can also send RSS feeds directly to your phone via SMS, Google Homepage for Mobile or one of NewsGator's mobile options -- these are great ways to get score updates when the boss calls an emergency meeting in the bottom of the sixth with two men on.

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