What Is Baseball & How Is It Played?
Baseball too is one of the most widely enjoyed games across the globe. It's a bat and ball game that's played between two teams who take their batting and fielding turns. The game begins when the pitcher throws a ball and the batter hits it. The batting team is trying to hit the ball allowing the players to run the bases and score maximum runs. While the defensive team plays to prevent batters from scoring the runs. The team that scores most runs, wins the game.
What Is Fantasy Baseball?
Fantasy Baseball is a virtual rendition of the real time game of baseball where the players can create their own teams by choosing players from the pool of real time baseball players. What makes it thrilling and interesting is that it's driven by real time updates of players and the teams. So, one has to keep a track of recent performances of the players when they're building their team.
About team players:
- There are two teams with 9 players each.
- The fielding team consists of a pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and three outfielders at left field, center field and right field.
- The batting order can't be changed once it's picked.
- The games last for 9 innings with both teams getting a chance to bat once.
- If the game is a tie, then an extra inning will be added to seek a winning team.
- If the team batting second in the bottom of the 9th inning is already ahead in points, then they don't need to complete their batting innings.
- On hitting a ball, the batter must at least get to first base. Before getting tagged out, they're free to touch as many bases as they can. Each base must be touched with some part of the batter's body when running past.
- A batter gets up to three strikes before getting out. A strike is deemed when a batter swings for a ball and misses it. The batter can leave the ball but, if it's within a certain area (called the 'strike zone'), then a strike will also be given.
If four balls miss the strike zone and the batter does not swing their bat, they can walk to first base.
- When on base, the batter can run to the next base at any point.
- Players can be dismissed by either a 'strike out' (referring to a batsman missing the ball three times), 'force out' (when a player fails to make the base before the defensive player), 'fly out' (when the ball is hit in the air and caught without it bouncing), and 'tag outs' (where a defensive player with the ball tags the batsman with the ball all whilst they are running).
- If a batter reaches first base with the bat, he will be considered as out.
Making Fantasy Baseball Team
You can choose up to 9 players from both teams and maximum 6 players from one team.
- Outfielder: 2-5
- Infielder: 2-5
- Pitcher: 1
- Catcher: 1
- Farthest from the batter, an outfielder is the one who's playing in one of the three defensive positions.
- These defenders are the left fielder, the center fielder, and the right fielder.
The ones playing in any of the four positions: first base, second base, third base, or shortstop. Each of these positions relate with a specific skill and responsibility.
With the goal of retiring a batter, the pitcher throws baseball from the pitcher's mound towards the catcher.
When a batter takes their turn to hit, the catcher crouches behind home plate, in front of the umpire, and receives the ball from the pitcher.
More in the game:
- The captain will receive 2X while the vice-captain will receive 1.5X the points scored by them.
- Up to 9 players can be chosen from both the teams.
- During extra innings, fantasy points will be awarded for all events.
- Each batter will get points only for one of the following events - 1B, 2B, 3B or Home Run.
- If the player is not the batter on the strike, then they will not score points for completing bases (1B to 2B, 2B to 3B, etc.)
- Runs batted in (RBI): When the run is scored, the on-strike batter gets an RBI, since his actions caused the run to be scored. For instance:
A batter hits a double and his teammates are on 3rd base and 2nd base, his team gets 2 runs but he will be awarded with 2RBIs.
- Innings Pitched (IP): For every out recorded by the pitcher, they win 1/3rd of an IP.
For the first out, it is shown as 0.1 (which means 1/3), the 2nd is shown as 0.2 (which means 2/3) and the 3rd is shown as 1.0.
In terms of fantasy points, 0.1 IP = 1 pt, 0.2 IP = 2pts, 1.0 IP = 3 pt, 1.1 IP = 4 pts, etc.
- In case a player is transferred to a different team between two scheduled updates, the change won't be reflected in the roster of players until the next scheduled update. It is clarified that during the intervening period of two scheduled updates, while such a player will be available for selection in the team to which the player originally belongs, no points will be attributable to such player during the course of such contest.
- If a player is replaced by another before the beginning of the match, the one who comes in as a replacement will get points for that match.
- Winners will be declared for matches only when a minimum of 5 innings are played by each side.
- Once the winners have been declared, no further adjustments will be made.
But as long as the status is 'In progress' or 'Waiting for review', points awarded live may change.