Base Points are like a gift that keeps on giving! Once you reach certain points thresholds, the league automatically calculates additional bonuses and extra points for you! Thresholds range from 200-400 base points and increase as you play more frequently at higher levels! Keep reading for more information on how baseball’s most renowned scorekeeping system works.
How Do I Get Those Base Points?
You need to accumulate a certain number of base points to qualify for the bonus thresholds listed below. Thresholds range from 200-400 base points and increase as you play more frequently at higher levels! The more you play, the more likely you are to reach those bonus thresholds and attain those lucrative base point totals!
Thresholds are adjusted annually based on the number of teams that entered the league that year. For example, if there are 24 teams in the league and you play in it during a regular season, your threshold will be adjusted to 240. This makes reaching the threshold a lot more unlikely, but the extra points are still awarded to you. In 2016, there were 24 teams in the league and the threshold was adjusted to 400! That’s a lot of work for some extra scoring!
What Are The Benefits Of Reaching Those Thresholds?
Let’s break down the perks of having a lot of base points! First off, it’s always good to have more toys to play with. Second, being a part of a larger group, there are always others to share the wealth with. Finally, competing in a sport where the seasons are random, having a reliable source of extra points throughout the year is invaluable!
As a random side note, did you know that the Atlanta Braves are the only team in Major League Baseball history to never have a player earn 300 base points? It’s true! Ken “Cobb” Cunningham, one of the best second basemen of all time, accumulated a meager 199 base points over his career. Talk about under-performing for such an accomplished player!
When Does That Threshold Season Of 200 Points Start And End?
Base point seasons are yearly events that occur in the spring. The season runs from March to October, with the playoffs in the summer and early autumn. This year, the threshold season will be March 22nd to October 4th. During this time, you will accumulate base points at a consistent rate, regardless of whether you play in the spring or winter.
What if you play during a month where there are no games? You will still earn points, just not at a rate as consistent as during a season. For example, if you play from June 1st to July 31st, you will accumulate three base points for every game played.
Do I Have To Play During Threshold Season To Earn Those Bonuses?
Yes, you have to play during base point season to earn the bonuses. However, if you want to take advantage of those extra base points, you should play during any season. The rule is applied to all sports, not just baseball. During these years, you will earn bonuses and additional points at a consistent rate based on your performance in the given season. Just remember that some sports have a different point system than baseball, so make sure you check the thresholds before playing in another sport during base point season.
Does It Matter What League I Play In When Earning Those Thresholds?
No, it does not matter what league you play in when earning those base points. All-time greats such as Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Rod Carew played during those years and still racked up plenty of base points!
However, it is important to note that in some leagues, it is easier to reach base point thresholds. For example, in the American League, you only need to accumulate 200 points to qualify for a bonus. In the National League, it is easier to reach 300 base points and in the World League, you need 400 points to qualify for a bonus!
In some cases, it is easier to accumulate base points in one league than in another. This is something to keep in mind if you are looking to maximize your earnings. Reach for the skies and play in the better known leagues – the American League and National League – to get those bonuses!
What About Playoffs And World Series?
The postseason is all about who really wants it more. Those who play in a given league may well qualify for the postseason, but having a guaranteed spot may not be all it’s cracked up to be. In some cases, teams can’t agree on a single postseason participant and have to settle for just one. If you’re lucky, you may get a wild card and play in the best series possible. If you’re not, you’ll have to settle for the second-best series and fight for a half a win at best. Playoff games are always fun to follow, but they don’t always end in good ways for the players or the teams that qualify for them!
The same goes for the world series. Once the regular season is over, the best teams from each league square off in a tournament and the world champion is determined. It’s not a perfect system, but it does offer a glimpse of the cream of the crop playing against each other on a regular basis. Just remember that the games can be long and arduous, often resulting in injuries, which are then treated with pain-killing injections!
If you’re a baseball fan, those are some truly fantastic advantages to reaching base point thresholds. You get to play during a time when the game is fun and exciting, with the potential to win a half dozen games in a row, followed by a few days of rest and relaxation. Not bad for a couple of hours of work a week, is it?