MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020 was released last week by mobile gaming studio Glu Mobile. In this game you can manage your own team and the players on this team. The players and teams are based on real world MLB stars, so if you’re a fan of MLB and baseball games then this is a game you should definitely check out.
If you’re familiar with MLB baseball games then you know that this is not the first installment in the series. Every year a new MLB Tap Sports baseball game comes out. However, every year the game is slightly different. Therefore we’ve decided to write up a post going over all the MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020 tips and strategies that’ll help you win. We’ll cover batting, building and upgrading your team, the progression system and much more. Let’s delve into it.
How to play the game – the basics
When you login to MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020 you’ll be able to select a team. The team you select is the team that your team will be modeled on. For instance, if you choose the New York Mets your team will be compromised of players that currently play for that team. Later on in the game you can make changes to your team by obtaining new players.
It doesn’t matter that much which starting team you pick because they’re about equally good. We recommend you to just pick your favorite team as your starting team since you’ll most likely be replacing almost all of them anyway.
When you have selected the team you’d like to play as you’ll be brought to the tutorial. The tutorial will explain the basics of the game further.
Batting is the main gameplay component of the game. There’s no pitching in MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020. Therefore, getting good at batting is going to be important because it can make the difference between winning and losing games in closely matched games.
When the game starts your batters will walk up the the plate and you can start batting. When you see that the pitcher is about to throw the ball you should watch the ball very closely. If you notice that the pitcher is not throwing the ball inside the plate (a foul ball) make sure not to swing. If you do swing it will count as a strike, which is of course something you’d want to avoid.
If you were right and it was indeed a foul ball (and you didn’t swing) it will count as a foul instead of a strike. The pitcher then has to throw again. If the pitcher throws 4 fouls you’re able to progress to the next base for free. This doesn’t happen that often, but when it does it’s a nice bonus.
If you see the pitcher throwing a ball that’s inside the plate you have to time your swing properly; how far the ball goes all depends on your timing. If your timing is excellent you can score a home run.
All in all batting is quite simple, just make sure to not swing on foul balls and get your timing right. You might have to practice your timing at first, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.
The Progression System
There’s a progression system in MLB Tap Sports Baseball based on your performance in the game. There are 4 different divisions (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond) with 5 subdivisions each (Beginner, Novice, Amateur, Intermediate and Advanced). You have to progress through each of these subdivisions to reach the next division.
Whenever you reach a new subdivision you will receive rewards. These rewards are usually draft picks, all-star tickets, franchise player coins and cash. They’re a very good source of these resources, many of which are normally obtainable through in-app purchases.
There are many, many achievements available in MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020. These achievements are unlocked by achieving certain goals in the game such as winning games, scoring runs, and the amount of games you have played.
Just like the progression system in the game, the achievements reward you with resources for completing them. They’re a good way to get gold, cash and other resources for free so we highly recommend you to check out which achievements you have available and to complete them as soon as you can.
Managing your team
At its core MLB Tap Sports Baseball is a baseball management game. I mean, sure, the game does have some sports gameplay with the batting system we mentioned before but the meat and potatoes of the game is the management aspect of it. In fact, it goes so far that the team with better players will pretty much always win, no matter if you’re better at batting than your opponent. In our opinion building, upgrading and managing your team is also the most fun aspect of the game.
In the game all players are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. As expected, the better the stats of a player the more stars they have. Now you might think; easy, I’ll just fill my team with 5 stars players but it’s not that easy. 5 stars players aren’t easy to obtain. However, the game is very new and there are a lot of launch events going on. These launch events will give you rewards will make starting out a little easier.
Getting better players
There are 3 round picks that you can choose your new players from; first round draft pick, second round draft pick, and late round draft pick. Late round draft picks are cheap, but they’re cheap for a reason. The players you are able to get from it usually kind of suck. The players in the second round draft pick are a little better but the real star players appear in the first round draft pick. The players in the first round draft pick always start out with at least 3 stars.
The first round draft pick is expensive, but we highly recommend you to save up and get your players from there. It’s much more time and cost efficient to upgrade a player that’s already good from the start than putting all your resources into players from the second and late round draft pick.
Upgrading your players increases all of their stats.
As we’ve said before, players that start out at a high star level have the most potential. That’s why you should put most of your attention on getting and upgrading these players. The menu where you can upgrade your team can be found by pressing the “team” button. Once you’re there you’ll see a button next to the player names. Press it and they’ll be upgraded, it’s as simple as that.
In order to upgrade your players you’ll need cash and experience points. There are 2 ways to get experience points. The first is by winning games and the second is by trading in players that you don’t need any more. The better the player is that you trade in the more experience you will receive from it.
Cash can be obtained through the progression system, achievements and through the shop.
Coaches and trainers
Aside from upgrading your players you can also strengthen your team by getting coaches and trainers. There are several coaches and trainers available and they all give a certain boost to your team. The coaches and trainers are very important to get because unlike upgrading an individual player, they boost all the players in your team.
In the gameday section you can change stuff like the uniform your team will wear during games, the batting order and of course the strategy that your team will use. If you already have a few games under your belt you might’ve seen the prompts that sometimes show up during games. In the gameday strategies options you can choose how frequent these prompts appear.
By default they’re set to ‘standard’, but you can choose to set them to rarely, lots or extreme. The best gameday strategies depend highly on the team you’re running so we suggest you to play around with it and see what works best for you and your team.
Just like previous MLB games clubs are yet again a part of MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020. Joining a club will let you play certain mini games and reward you with cash and club points.
You can also donate helmets, gloves and balls to your club which will reward you with loyalty points. These points can be exchanged for resources like draft picks and cash. Since it’s free to join a club and it gives you pretty decent benefits there’s no reason not to join one. Of course it’s also just fun to join one for the social aspects that they offer since you can chat with the players in your club. A maximum of 20 players can be in a club at any given time.
That’s all for our tips, tricks, and strategy guide for MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below and we’ll get back to you asap. Furthermore, if you have any suggestions for our guide let us know as well.
If you made it this far we congratulate you. You’re now more than ready to win some games and have fun! We hope you found this post useful!