Listen to baseball again
August 6, 2009 6:37 PM   Subscribe

FreeBaseballRadio.com is a site that was created to help find internet broadcasts of live baseball games. Specifically those that are available for free.
posted by acro (18 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent!
posted by ocherdraco at 6:42 PM on August 6, 2009


Oh. My. God. Being at work just got so much easier.
posted by vito90 at 6:50 PM on August 6, 2009


I consider the $15 they charge for a whole season one of the few bargains in baseball.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 6:52 PM on August 6, 2009


Does that get you ad-free commentary?
posted by acro at 6:55 PM on August 6, 2009


It depends on the station. On WGN, you just hear stadium sounds between innings, but other stations include the regular commercials.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 6:57 PM on August 6, 2009


Now that I think about it, I bet that a very large percentage of subscribers are Cubs fans, since other teams play so few day games.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 6:59 PM on August 6, 2009


I don't think available for free means what they think it means. At least for some of those stations.

I used to listen to the Twins online on WELY until someone got wise and they started blacking it out. Gameday audio is a good deal, and they recently improved the audio quality. Video highlights during the game, too.
posted by starman at 7:14 PM on August 6, 2009


What does free mean then? Are these stations breaking some blackout contract with MLB?
posted by acro at 7:19 PM on August 6, 2009


Yeah, Gameday Audio is great, got the whole season on my iPhone for ten bucks. I tend to be cheap and love to pirate or get stuff for free in general, but that is dirt cheap and a good product.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:20 PM on August 6, 2009


What does free mean then? Are these stations breaking some blackout contract with MLB?

My guess is yeah, but maybe not always intentionally.
posted by starman at 7:25 PM on August 6, 2009


Wichita's Super Station! The advantage of this over GDA (which I subscribe to) is that there is something I really love about listening to games on small-market affiliates, all of the local color between innings. It reminds me of staying up late as a kid and trying to tune in the higher power AM stations from lands afar.
posted by cgk at 7:25 PM on August 6, 2009


Man, I like *watching* baseball, but *listening* to baseball... oh, it's painful. I'm watching the abomination of the Red Sox/Yankees game going on and I heard a commentator note that you can't score six runs off of one hit.

OH REALLY? DO YOU ALSO WEAR YOUR UNDERPANTS UNDER YOUR PANTS?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:29 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


I've had mediocre luck with MLB's service so I'm totally game to give this a try. Baseball really is cricket for Americans (I know, I know not just Americans follow baseball.) and just does not exist beyond its "boarders." Thanks.
posted by From Bklyn at 7:33 PM on August 6, 2009


This is amazing, I think.
posted by elder18 at 8:10 PM on August 6, 2009


It would be my guess that MLB will not let this live very long - MLB Advanced Media has too much at stake with MLB.tv to let things like this continue to happen. I hope I'm wrong, but my sense is enjoy it while you can.
posted by pdb at 9:03 PM on August 6, 2009


I was disappointed that this isn't a source for non-MLB games.
posted by ursus_comiter at 12:08 AM on August 7, 2009


Yeah, Gameday Audio is great, got the whole season on my iPhone for ten bucks. I tend to be cheap and love to pirate or get stuff for free in general, but that is dirt cheap and a good product.

Agreed. And you get video a night along with it. And the stats. And game cast. Just a tremendous bargain for big baseball fans.

Man, I like *watching* baseball, but *listening* to baseball... oh, it's painful.

Each to his own, but baseball is widely regarded as one of the few games that translates to radio well. And it has, for generations. The slower pace alone, compared to something like basketball, lends itself to great radio.

I'm watching the abomination of the Red Sox/Yankees game going on and I heard a commentator note that you can't score six runs off of one hit.

Not sure how that's worse than listening to Joe Morgan or Tim McCarver on ESPN. Of course, you HAVE to listen to a radio broadcast and you can turn the sound down for tv, but that can be an advantage. But for the most part I find the radio counterparts better, simply because they have to be.
posted by justgary at 8:32 AM on August 7, 2009


justgary: Not sure how that's worse than listening to Joe Morgan or Tim McCarver on ESPN.

Here, here. Even worse, Joe Buck on FOX.

justgary: But for the most part I find the radio counterparts better, simply because they have to be.

Aside from the fact that my team is totally kicking ass right now, the Yankees are really fortunate to have Michael Kay do play-by-play on YES. Watching baseball when I'm out of town can sometimes make my ears bleed.
posted by mkultra at 10:01 AM on August 7, 2009


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