Sam is a reformed personal finance blogger that now focuses on mobile gaming and the obsessively fun "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes" (SWGOH).
Revisiting Tap Sports Baseball
Tap Sports Baseball is my favorite type of sports video game. Harkening to the best Madden console titles and even Bases Loaded on the original Nintendo, Tap Sports Baseball puts you both in the front office as well as on the field. Whether you're playing on Android or IOS you've probably noticed that there is a lot going on in the game, so let's take a look and break it down into small pieces so we can get straight to winning the pennant.
After the initial setup, you get a look at your team ranging from the borderline starting player (2 stars) to mostly a group of misfits (1-1.5 stars). It's suddenly very clear that it's going to be a long road to win any games, and getting good players isn't even half of the struggle. You'll have to balance your resources to get good players, good management bonuses, and most importantly, become good at playing the game.
Tap Sports Baseball Advanced Tips Guide
Advanced Rule #1
Rule #1 Sign in Every Day
I know, duh... But no, really, you need to sign in every day with Tap Sports Baseball. It's not uncommon that games reward you for opening up the app every day, but this game goes above and beyond when it comes to rewards. Starting out, you'll get increasing amounts of cash that only are enough to get you some platoon players or team upgrades.
After rounding up a week's worth of sign in bonuses, I was able to get a new #2 starting pitcher, and thank goodness because I had nothing in the bullpen after my #1 for a while.
Because of your love and feedback on the original Tap Sports Baseball Tips and Tricks Guide, I've decided to write this follow up with some more in-depth and advanced analysis. It's based mostly on questions I've received and what I've experienced since writing the initial article. If you've somehow found yourself here first, then I recommend taking a glance to make sure you've mastered the basics at:
Tap Sports Baseball Mobile Game Tips and Tricks Guide - http://hub.me/agNxK
For the rest of you, please read on as I've got more to share to help you take the pennant. This is a good time to mention that there will be more of these tips and tricks to come.
Advanced Rule #2 Offense
Rule #2 Offense Upgrade Rankings
It's always tricky to compare the different upgrades because everything is more or less passive. The upgrades don't automatically turn singles into doubles nor do they give you immediate double plays when your pitcher is in a jam. But having said, they all cost the same per level so you should be maximizing your resources like this:
- Hitting Coach - Upgrade to help your batters get on base more often. No doubt about it, especially as you start facing stiff competition and #1 pitchers. It is a bear getting on base when you're up against Clayton Kershaw or King Felix, so you have to start there.
- Trainer - Upgrade to increase your offensive power so you get more extra base hits (doubles, triples, and home runs). For the first couple of weeks in playing the game I was the guy with 12 hits and only 2 runs to show for it, while my opponent has 8 hits and 3 runs. Doubles and triples make a huge difference in this game because if you have even average speed players then that's going to equal a lot more runs.
- Base Coach - Upgrade to help your team get more steals and take extra bases. I'm not hating on this upgrade by putting it #3. The fact is that all 3 of these upgrades are hugely valuable, but steals don't help unless you get on base, and neither do extra bases. I love getting steals so don't forget to upgrade your base coach abilities.
Tap Sports Baseball Gameplay
Advanced Rule #3 Defense
Rule #3 Defense Upgrade Rankings
So, on the one hand, this is conjecture because obviously when you're playing, you do not see the effects of your defensive upgrades. But based on what I see my opponents' defenses doing when I'm at bat, I've prioritized my defensive upgrades. Let's get to the rankings:
- Pitch Calling - Upgrade which increases your strikeouts and reduces the number of walks your pitchers throw. I hate striking out! And I love walks! So I'm guessing that everyone I am playing on a daily basis feels the exact same way. Well too bad, if you face me, get ready to swing and miss and no more free bases.
- Pitching Coach - Upgrade to help your pitches get outs more easily. If your opponent can't get on base, unless they're hitting home runs, then you've got no problems. Invest in pitching first, and field defense second.
- Outfield Hands - Upgrade to reduce outfield errors and misplayed fly balls. I've already won 3 games because the person I was playing had an outfielder botch a deep fly ball which resulted in 2 base errors. These errors are so devastating that you need to upgrade this no matter what.
- Outfield Arms - Upgrade to your outfielders' arm strength so they can catch more runners and dissuade them from attempting to take extra bases. Perhaps because I like stealing bases and advancing on sacrifice fly balls, this upgrade has been the bane of my existence. I can't stand when my 9 speed lead-off man is thrown out when he's going from 2nd to 3rd.
- Infield Hands - Upgrade to reduce infield errors and botched grounders. You may want to bump this up your list because these infield errors tend to happen at the worst possible time. But because they're usually single base errors, I just can't justify spending money here that can go elsewhere.
- Catcher Arm - Upgrade to your ability to pick off runners trying to steal bases. Going back to outfield arms, keeping other players from stealing 2nd or 3rd base can be huge!
Tap Sports Baseball After Two Weeks
Advanced Rule #4
Rule #4 Play a Lot. No, play as much as possible.
Full disclosure: I am in no way related to the Glu and I have nothing to do with the game.
All I know is that when I play, I get in-game cash. After every inning, you get an inning bonus of $150 which adds up when you have multiple games going on, and if you go into extra innings for games. Every little bit helps.
Likewise, you usually get rewards if you win or lose the game. For example, winning a pro game netted $2000 which was on top of my inning bonuses in extra innings, so with 14 innings I ended up with over $4k at the end of it. I've also gotten draft picks and gold bars for completing leagues.
Tap Sports Baseball Pitching
Have you found these tips useful?
Advanced Rule #5
Rule #5 Manage Your Pitcher
If you've played as much as I have, surely you have some stories to tell about pitchers letting you down in the late stages of the game. Once you get to 6th or 7th inning, you'll probably be prompted with a status on your pitcher of either "Tired" or "Fading". As soon as you get this message, take a look at switching your pitcher so you can see who's in the bullpen for comparison.
Tired - Your pitcher has lot a couple stat points in either 1 or multiple categories. If your pitcher is a stud, then even though tired, he's probably still your best option. Look over the stats and make the call.
Fading - GET HIM OUT. No excuses. I don't care if you have to put in a reliever with inferior stats. Fading pitchers suck. Straight up.
Advanced Rule #6
Rule #6 Watch videos to collect gold
Thank you to i0 for this tip! You'll be able to watch short commercial ad videos and you get rewarded with goal. Watch your videos every day and you'll end up with 12-28 gold/day.
To get it, go to Get More and then Free Gold (at the bottom).
You should be able to get a #1 pick in less than a week. And #1 picks make all the difference!
Tap Sports Baseball Hitting
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More to Come
Thanks for reading through these more advanced tips and trips for Tap Sports Baseball. Between the original guide linked up top and this one, now all it takes is decent reflexes to win the bulk of your games. I hope you've found this useful and as always, comments and questions are welcome. Good luck!
Nikkol on October 27, 2016:
I love, love, love this game! Anyone wishing to play against me, please feel free to look me up. I play multiple times every day so you won't be waiting long between innings.
1arace on May 22, 2016:
Only been doing this a couple of weeks but one of my best buys have been the speedsters pack for 4000 in gold. The power hitters are nice but these 3 guy will get on base about 25-35 % more often. They will steal and be safe going to 2nd base about 90% of the time and the same is true when you are sending them home when given the choice. their ops is the highest on my team. They are a 3 way threat and in my opinion a best buy...
Sirjenks on May 16, 2016:
I got a question! So I have the players needed to make a trade for a 5 star starting pitcher ( juiced Tim Lincecum.) But at the cost of my 5 star 1b Mitch Moreland (7 hit 9 power) and 5 star closer (Sergio romo) the juiced starting pitcher (juiced meaning he has the little flame star next to his name) could yield almost guaranteed wins, but at the cost of one of my best hitters that accounts for a lot of RBI and obviously being a hitter plays every game as opposed to a rotation pitcher. What's the better move? Keep my hitter and closer or a juiced starting pitcher? I also have another good hitter (manny machado) but having both hitters yields those needed home runs. Overall what's the best move?
Hatethisgane on January 20, 2016:
Well I really don't but who in the F can hit a fastball that tails away at a 45 degree angle 6" in front of the plate?? 6' curveballs...really?
First round on September 06, 2015:
Sry I meant first round u only get not #1.. As soon as u see first round draft pick u get rid of ur inactives. My record now is 848-169 lol and I messed up a tad
Patrick 7 months ago lol on September 06, 2015:
And for Patrick 7 months ago lol 135 inactives cost u Mabye 13 #1 picks lol. I did that also though thinking eventually u would get a #1 but that won't happen... Get rid of ur inactives as soon as u see #1 pick
Rule # 6 on September 06, 2015:
Great rule which does help except 12-26 gold u say in 1 day ? U can get more then that by far... Just gotta check up on those videos
Bwg on September 01, 2015:
Do you have any advice about landing a good players when spinning the wheel? Tap the screen right away? Wait for the wheel to stop spinning on its own? I hate getting horrible players with a 1st round pick. Has anyone learned how to cheat the system?
Vivian Sudhir from Madurai, India on May 05, 2015:
Sure is good to read about the game. Helps when you are just starting out. Good article.
Carl on May 04, 2015:
after a while all free agents and upgrades cost gold bars, yet I keep accumulating cash. Is there anything I can do with my case? 2ed round draft picks aren't good enough to make my team.
Also, is there a good way to hit a curve ball. Some of the better pitchers throw a lot of them and I'm tired of looking at them strike me out, yet I very really get a hit off one. Thanks!
Patrick on January 22, 2015:
I currently have 135 inactive players and I can trade it in for 1 st round pick.
Christian on December 02, 2014:
Love this game. I'm an all-star about to go MVP and I have only been playing for about 3 weeks ($0 spent, follow these tips and the ones in the previous article...this is not your typical freemium game). But here are my tips:
1. Get pitchers with 7+ stuff even if their other stats are bad. Control doesn't matter if he has a good arm and good stuff. Joe Nathan is 8-2-8 and better than another reliever that is 7-9-5.
2. Home runs are not easy to come by. Have no more than 2-3 power hitters in your lineup. Also, if hit is 7+ ignore power. Hitting stat is HUGE.
3. Speed stat is second tier to hitting, but an 8 or 9 speed is hugely beneficial. Be sure to not steal every time a fast player gets on base, or pitchers will start pitching out and picking off guys. Use your steals strategically. Also, if speed is 8 or 9 ALWAYS take the extra base when it asks.
4. Defensive upgrades are more important than offensive upgrades (to a point). You can't control your defense and it sucks to lose because of a 9th inning error. Also, I upgraded my outfield and catcher arm a lot and that's huge because your average opponent like to be aggressive on the bases.
JP on October 14, 2014:
I've traded in 11-12 players for a first round pick a couple times. It's based off of the quality of your inactives.
Also, forget control with your pitchers. Find someone in the middle 3-6. The game says that SP Cumpton (great name, right?) is a four star. But he's a 3/9/6. With that control, I'll smash him for 5+ runs every game. ALWAYS choose stuff over control.
ragingrapist on October 14, 2014:
I think i need some juice after reading this
Nick Deal (author) from Earth on September 15, 2014:
Sounds good - I'll check it out John~
John on September 15, 2014:
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Doomtree on September 12, 2014:
I've even had a couple duds from the #1 picks, typically I only get 3.5 star players, I got Hanley Ramirez-5 star, from a 2nd round pick somehow. I've also only gotten two 4 star players, seems ludicrously rare to get better than 3.5. I drafted the 5 star on my second day of playing, I wonder if everyone is allowed that kind of luck early on and then the probabilities change to make superstar players seem attainable.
As far as the "trade in" picks, I currently have 51 inactive players and I can still only get a 1st rounder, I'm gonna try to go to 100 and see if it's even possible to get a #1 through the trade in. It would be really interesting to see if anyone's done a spread sheet of probability of # of stars for each draft level, or if there's a way to find out what probability formula the game uses. I don't normally get this into app games, but this one is pretty addicting haha!
Nick Deal (author) from Earth on September 11, 2014:
Hey Doomtree, awesome question. I haven't put much thought into turning inactives into draft picks aside from cashing them in for 2nd rounders. I'm with you in strictly targeting #1 picks because I've had 2 first round duds that seriously made me want to chuck my phone out the window.
I do agree with my friend who suggested getting free gold by watching videos as I'm getting a #1 per week by just running free vids.
Doomtree on September 11, 2014:
I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts about spending money on draft picks. I strictly save up gold for #1 picks and use my cash for upgrades. I'm wondering if the "trades" that allows you to turn in inactive players for a draft pick, the level of which increases with the more players you are turning in. Since cash is way easier to save up than gold for a #1 pick, is it possible to buy a bunch of late rounder draft picks in order to reach a #1 pick on the trade in? I would think that even 25k in cash is worth more than 300 gold, anyone know if you can reach a #1 pick through trade ins?
Nick Deal (author) from Earth on September 09, 2014:
Awesome tips! I'll have to update this again. Keep 'em coming.
ethan on September 09, 2014:
also good tips. A couple more:
* if you click on the special offers page, you'll often find 1-2 offers which consist of viewing a video and then clicking through to the App Store to view the info on the game advertised. These net you 10-20 gold each (no purchase, nothing like that) instead of the 4 gold that the standard videos earn you.
* The amount of gold you get per inning varies with your level. 100 / inning for semi-pro; 150 for pro; 200 for all-star. Don't know MVP as I'm not there yet but I assume it's 250....
* In gameplay settings, I set my baserunning to very aggressive. You still get prompted to ask if you want to steal, but it gives the option that way to choose!
Nick Deal (author) from Earth on September 08, 2014:
i0 thanks for the tip. I'm updating with this!
i0 on September 08, 2014:
Don't forget your free gold! Even just watching the videos can net you 12-28 gold a day. To get it, go to Get More and then Free Gold (at the bottom).
You should be able to get a #1 pick in less than a week.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 04, 2014:
tap sports yeah im gonna give it a go thanks deal
Nick Deal (author) from Earth on September 04, 2014:
Billy - You need to get your phones on a smartphone or tablet. Any baseball fan is going to love this game!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2014:
I don't play video games and I don't have an iPhone....but, if I were to play a video game, it would be this one. I adore baseball!