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Box-Toppers 2016 review, 2017 preview

What Box-Toppers is all about, how it workshow it is figured and why the system was devised.

Here are links to key offseason posts:

Top players, top teams

Top 10 player lists

Box-Toppers top 10 players by category (Overall, AL pitchers, NL pitchers, AL batters, NL batters)

Box-Toppers’ All-Star teams

Box-Toppers’ Top 100 players

Box-Toppers’ High by position

Top players at a single position over several time frames—2016, 2015-16, 2011-16, “All-time” (1995-2016):

Statistical leaders

How 2016 statistical leaders fared in Box-Toppers points and rankings:

Box-Toppers’ most improved, biggest decliners

Box-Toppers’ top players by team

Box-Toppers top pitchers and batters by team in 2016

Best single-game performances

Box-Toppers top single game performances of 2016

Box-Toppers’ season-by-season leaders

A look at Box-Toppers season-by-season AL & NL pitching & batting leaders, 1995-2016

Most consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points

Carlos Beltran could tie Jason Giambi in 2017 for most consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points (19)

Hall of Fame

How 2017 Hall of Fame candidates fared in Box-Toppers: Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame; Schilling, Hoffman, Kent, Guerrero among those overlooked

2016 postseason awards

2016 postseason

AL Wild Card—Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Preview Blue Jays win

NL Wild Card—Giants vs. Mets

Preview Giants win

AL Division Series—Blue Jays vs. Rangers

Preview Game 1: TOR 10, TEX 1 Game 2: TOR 5, TEX 3 Game 3: TOR 7, TEX 6 (10)

AL Division Series—Red Sox vs. Indians

Preview Game 1: CLE 5, BOS 4 Game 2: CLE 6, BOS 0 Game 3: CLE 4, BOS 3

NL Division Series—Dodgers vs. Nationals

Preview Game 1: LAD 4, DC 3 Game 2: DC 5, LAD 2 Game 3: DC 8, LAD 3 Game 4: LAD 6, DC 5 Game 5: LAD 4, DC 3

NL Division Series—Giants vs. Cubs

Preview Game 1: CHC 1, SF 0 Game 2: CHC 5, SF 2 Game 3: SF 6, CHC 5 (13) Game 4: CHC 6, SF 5

AL Championship Series—Blue Jays vs. Indians

Preview Game 1: CLE 2, TOR 0 Game 2: CLE 2, TOR 1 Game 3: CLE 4, TOR 2 Game 4: TOR 5, CLE 1 Game 5: CLE 3, TOR 0

NL Championship Series—Dodgers vs. Cubs

Preview Game 1: CHC 8, LAD 4 Game 2: LAD 1, CHC 0 Game 3: LAD 6, CHC 0 Game 4: CHC 10, LAD 2 Game 5: CHC 8, LAD 4 Game 6: CHC 5, LAD 0

World Series—Cubs vs. Indians

Preview Game 1: CLE 6, CHC 0 Game 2: CHC 5, CLE 1 Game 3: CLE 1, CHC 0 Game 4: CLE 7, CHC 2 Game 5: CHC 3, CLE 2 Game 6: CHC 9, CLE 3 Game 7: CHC 8, CLE 7 (10)

Posts on key players

Death of Jose Fernandez

Release of Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez exits as Box-Toppers points leader among batters since 1995

Rick Porcello

Why does wins leader Rick Porcello have so few Box-Toppers points?

2017 preseason

Top 10 players

Here are final rankings of the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Oct. 1:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 25.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.0
3 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
4 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 22.5
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 22.0
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 21.8
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 21.1
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 20.1
9 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 16.1
10 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0
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All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 206.8
4 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
5 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 192.7
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 187.8
7 Alex Rodriguez dh released 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 176.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 171.4
10 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
11 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
12 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
13 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
14 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
15 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
16 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 156.7
17 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
18 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 154.0
19 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 153.9
20 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 153.4
BTP: Box-Toppers points
List of top 100 players since 1995 as of July 30, 2017.

Past posts

Hover over highlighted dates in calendar to see what was posted that day.

2017 leaders

Who had the most Box-Toppers points in the 2017 season? Here is a breakdown of the overall leaders, plus the leaders by league in both pitching and batting (more details below the chart):  
 

OVERALL LEADERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 25.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.0
3 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
4 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 22.5
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 22.0
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 21.8
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 21.1
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 20.1
9 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 16.1
10 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0
AL PITCHERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 25.1
2 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 22.0
3 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 21.8
4 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 21.1
5 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 16.1
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.7
7 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 13.7
8 Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 11.4
9 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 11.4
10 Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp bal al 11.1
AL BATTERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1b cle al 12.1
2 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 11.2
3 Andrus, Elvis 2582 ss tex al 11.0
4 Bruce, Jay 2453 rf cle al 10.0
5 Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b 2b cle al 10.0
6 Healy, Ryon 3685 dh 1b oak al 9.7
7 Hosmer, Eric 2886 1b kc al 9.5
8 Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 8.7
9 Sano, Miguel 3527 3b min al 8.5
10 Donaldson, Josh 3144 3b tor al 8.0

NL PITCHERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.0
2 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 22.5
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 20.1
5 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 15.8
7 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 15.7
8 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 15.7
9 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 15.0
10 Nelson, Jimmy 3299 pi sp mil nl 14.0
NL BATTERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 15.5
2 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 rf fla nl 14.2
3 Gennett, Scooter 3254 2b cin nl 10.7
4 Posey, Buster 2745 ca 1b sf nl 9.5
5 Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 9.2
6 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf fla nl 9.2
7 McCutchen, Andrew 2637 cf pit nl 9.0
8 Parra, Gerardo 2746 rf lf col nl 9.0
9 Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf stl nl 9.0
10 Bellinger, Cody 3781 1b rf lf lad nl 8.7
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
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Chris Sale led players in Box-Toppers points in 2017

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Box-Toppers 2017 Player of the Year, finishing the season with the most Box-Toppers points among all players.

Sale earned 25.1 points in 2017, finishing just 0.1 point ahead of second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (25.0).

Other category leaders:

Box-Toppers American League Player of the Year—Sale with 25.1 Box-Toppers points finished 3.1 points ahead of Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (22.0).

Box-Toppers National League Player of the Year—Scherzer with 25.0 Box-Toppers points finished 1.9 points ahead of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (23.1).

Box-Toppers National League Batter of the Year—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs with 15.5 Box-Toppers points finished 1.3 points head of Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins (14.2). Rizzo ranks 14th among all players.

Box-Toppers American League Batter of the Year— Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians had 12.1 Box-Toppers points, leading second-place AL batter Aaron Judge of the Yankees (11.2). Encarnacion ranks 22nd among all players.

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Box-Toppers Players of the Year

Here are Box-Toppers Player of the Year winners in each season of Box-Toppers tracking since 1995. Player of the Year is the player with the season’s highest Box-Toppers point total:  
 
Year Player Pos Team BTP
1995 Randy Johnson pi sp Mariners 23.7
1996 John Smoltz pi sp Braves 26.1
1997 Roger Clemens pi sp Blue Jays 27.4
1998 Randy Johnson pi sp Astros† 26.4
1999 Randy Johnson pi sp Dbacks 31.5
2000 Randy Johnson pi sp Dbacks 33.7
2001 Randy Johnson pi sp Dbacks 29.4
2002 Randy Johnson pi sp Dbacks 33.7
2003 Jason Schmidt pi sp Giants 24.7
2004 Johan Santana pi sp Twins 26.8
2005 Johan Santana pi sp Twins 24.1
2006 Johan Santana pi sp Twins 25.7
2007 Jake Peavy pi sp Padres 23.4
2008 CC Sabathia pi sp Brewers 26.7
2009 Zack Greinke pi sp Royals 21.5
2010 Jon Lester pi sp Red Sox 23.4
2011 Clayton Kershaw pi sp Dodgers 26.1
2012 Justin Verlander pi sp Tigers 24.8
2013 Clayton Kershaw pi sp Dodgers 21.7
2014 Clayton Kershaw pi sp Dodgers 31.5
2015 Jake Arrieta pi sp Cubs 29.1
2016 Max Scherzer pi sp Nationals 25.7
2017 Chris Sale pi sp Red Sox 25.1
† Played for Mariners before trade to Astros.

Box-Toppers season streaks

Here are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Carlos Beltran has tied Jason Giambi for the longest streak—19 straight seasons. Beltran has earned points each season from 1999 to 2017; Giambi earned points each season from 1995 to 2013. (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.) Players are listed by length of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total.



Streak

Player

Pos

Duration
Career
BTP
1 19 Jason Giambi 1b 1995-2013 133.4
1 19 Carlos Beltran* rf 1999-2017 107.6
3 18 Jim Thome 1b dh 1995-2012 146.7
3 18 Chipper Jones 3b 1995-2012 149.0
3 18 Johnny Damon lf 1995-2012 63.0
3 18 Alex Rodriguez 3b 1996-2013 187.0
7 17 Mariano Rivera pi cp 1995-2011 126.4
7 17 Derek Jeter ss 1996-2012 76.4
7 17 Paul Konerko 1b 1998-2014 100.7
7 17 Tim Hudson pi sp 1999-2015 157.0
7 17 Torii Hunter cf 1999-2015 115.9
7 17 David Ortiz dh 2000-2016 145.9
7 17 CC Sabathia* pi sp 2001-2017 188.0
7 17 Albert Pujols* dh 1b 2001-2017 183.3
15 16 Manny Ramirez lf 1995-2010 167.2
15 16 Andy Pettitte pi sp 1995-2010 138.5
15 16 Jamie Moyer pi sp 1995-2010 104.0
15 16 Scott Rolen 3b 1996-2011 97.6
15 16 Kevin Millwood pi sp 1997-2012 108.3
15 16 Derek Lowe pi sp 1998-2013 91.5
15 16 Aramis Ramirez 3b 2000-2015 105.8
15 16 Mark Buehrle pi sp 2000-2015 116.7
15 16 Ichiro Suzuki* rf 2001-2016 53.7
24 15 Randy Johnson pi sp 1995-2009 278.8
24 15 Garret Anderson lf 1995-2009 86.5
24 15 Ivan Rodriguez ca 1995-2009 79.0
24 15 Tony Clark 1b 1995-2009 63.8
24 15 Gary Sheffield lf 1995-2009 124.1
24 15 Jason Kendall ca 1996-2010 40.9
24 15 Vladimir Guerrero rf 1997-2011 128.3
24 15 Bobby Abreu rf 1997-2011 95.5
24 15 Mike Cameron cf 1997-2011 70.3
24 15 Miguel Tejada ss 1997-2011 102.3
24 15 Jorge Posada ca 1997-2011 79.5
24 15 Livan Hernandez pi sp 1997-2011 76.7
24 15 Kyle Lohse pi sp 2001-2015 89.0
24 15 Jake Peavy pi sp 2002-2016 141.8
24 15 Miguel Cabrera* 1b 2003-2017 145.9
BTP: Box-Toppers points
* Active streak of a player active in 2017
Updated Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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