Tap Sports Baseball Mobile Game ADVANCED Tips and Tricks Guide
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
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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!