Snapchat gives baseball fans an inside look at the dugout and bullpens

snapchat mlb partnership snapbat
MLB
Fans of Major League Baseball will soon be one step closer to the dugout, thanks to the expansion of the MLB’s deal with Snapchat.

The new campaign will begin on March 11 with a special Spring training day, which will be held around the nation. This year, Snapchat will offer “unprecedented access” to baseball players, who will contribute to an MLB Snapchat Live Story throughout the day. The Live Story will offer unique camera angles and views, according to MLB.

For the first time, players in the MLB can use their smartphones in dugouts and bullpens to show fans of the game what it’s like to be in the big leagues. The MLB and Snapchat are also handing out the “SnapBat,” the bat-shaped oversized selfie stick, which was first introduced during the 2015 Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, it seems as though the SnapBat will not be used by players at the home plate.

snapbat2

Under the new deal, Snapchat will continue to offer opening day coverage, as well as coverage of the all star game and the World Series. Regular season games will also be on Snapchat, and the company will have access to MLB logos and other content for use within its app.

Snapchat first partnered with MLB last year to bring fans closer to the game by making it a much more personal experience. MLB has been quick to embrace new technologies and tech trends, and has also expanded its own streaming service in the past few years.

It will certainly be interesting to see how the deal enhances coverage of games and if it personalizes the experience for fans. We’re curious to see how many players actually embrace Snapchat during training sessions and other scenarios, especially considering the fact that terms of the new deal between Snapchat and MLB have not been released.

Product Review

Anybody seen my grenades? ‘Battlefield V’ shows up late and unprepared

Battlefield V’s War Stories give us a new perspective on World War II, but the game’s lack of polish across both its campaign and multiplayer modes are almost impossible to ignore.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Gaming

‘Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers’ to launch next summer with gunblades, Viera

Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will be released in summer 2019. The third expansion of the MMORPG will include new story content, dungeons, and raids, in addition to gunblades and the Viera.
Deals

You can now watch soccer games online with streaming service ESPN+

Launched back in April, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. For a mere $5 a month or $50 per year, you can have access to the best sports content available including multiple soccer leagues.
Computing

Hackers sold 120 million private Facebook messages, report says

Up to 120 million private Facebook messages were being sold online by hackers this fall. The breach was first discovered in September and the messages were obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. 
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. You're in luck -- we've gathered 23 of the best subreddits to help…
Social Media

Facebook opens pop-up stores at Macy’s, but they’re not selling the Portal

Facebook has opened pop-up stores at multiple Macy's, though they're not selling Facebook's new Portal device. Instead, they're showcasing small businesses and brands that are already popular on Facebook and Instagram.
Social Media

Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

A feature coming to Facebook Messenger will let you delete a message for up to 10 minutes after you send it. The company promised the feature months ago and this week said it really is on its way ... "soon."
Social Media

Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format

Want to see Pinterest recommendations, or just Pins from followed users? Now Pinners can choose with a Pinterest Following feed update. The secondary feed eliminates recommendation and is (almost) chronological.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Vine fans were left disappointed in 2017 when its owner, Twitter, pulled the plug on the video-looping app. But now one of its co-founders has promised that a new version of the app, called Byte, is coming soon.
News

Social media use increases depression and anxiety, experiment shows

A study has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. Students who limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.