09/27/2012 10:03 AM EST
MLBAM statement on Beat the Streak presented by Scotts
We tried to give millions of dollars away. We have really tried. Again. However, it is with a sense of anguish that today we announce for the 12th consecutive season no fan will achieve fantasy baseball immortality by surpassing the legendary consecutive games hitting streak record of 56 and claiming a $5.6 million grand prize in the process. Maybe it is harder than originally envisioned when we debuted Beat The Streak in 2001 with a $10,000 grand prize.
Since then, we have offered more than $16 million in combined prizes, certainly the largest sum ever for a fantasy baseball game, to the tens of millions of streaks started, only one of which ever has come within striking distance, seven games shy of matching the 56-game record (49 in 2007).
Fans keep trying, fortunately, as registrants are up 35 percent in 2012, and we continue to introduce new ways to play, all in an effort to finally present $5.6 million to the grand prize winner.
So, even though there are no players left with the ability to win the traditional game this year, we're announcing a new edition called Beat The Streak In A Day Presented By Scotts. It begins and ends tomorrow, commemorating the one-year anniversary of baseball's most dramatic regular season finish.
How To Play Beat The Streak In A Day
On Friday, September 28, fans may pick 57 Major League players who they think may get a hit in a game on that day. If anyone succeeds at going 57-for-57 with their picks, MLBAM will award that $5.6 million grand prize.
Fans may enter their own 57 picks to play or have MLBAM's statistical algorithms auto select 57 players from those hitters ranked among the top 150 in the game.
We believe this is our chance to erase 12 years of failed consecutive game hitting streaks in a single day.
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