Opening Day is here, and baseball fans are getting some welcome Siri upgrades for the new season. Siri now has some more baseball smarts: it can answer questions about more detailed statistics, according to Apple, including historical stats going back to the beginning of baseball records.
You can also get information on career statistics, and there’s now specific information for leagues other than the Majors — there are 28 other leagues, including the Minors, that are covered now.
Sports scores have been in Siri since iOS 6 in 2012, and the new searches certainly make the voice assistant more helpful for those gameday questions about a statistic. That said, Siri still feels very limited. More peculiar, specific questions, like “When was the last time the Yankees had a perfect game?” yielded a generic search for the Yankees.
Other searches just yielded a Google query. And results that did work had inconsistent presentation — some similar searches had were displayed in an Apple-designed frame, whereas others were a simple copy of a Wolfram Alpha result. In either case, improvement is good, and it’s definitely good that baseball’s back.