Box-Toppers votes eight players to Hall of Fame in internet writers’ ballot

Box-Toppers is voting for eight players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) ballot.

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Box-Toppers’ big dippers—players whose 2018 point total declined most from 2017: Ervin Santana leads list

Twins pitcher Ervin Santana had the biggest decline in Box-Toppers points from 2017 to 2018.

Santana, who earned 16.1 Box-Toppers points in 2017 (ninth among all players), earned no points in 2018. His decline of 16.1 points was just ahead of Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, whose 6.7 points in 2018 represented a 15.1-point drop from the 22.5 points he earned in 2017.

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Rays' pitcher Blake Snell is Box-Toppers' Most Improved Player in 2018

Rays pitcher Blake Snell had the biggest improvement in Box-Toppers point totals from 2017 to 2018, and is this season’s Box-Toppers’ Most Improved Player.

Snell had 20.5 more Box-Toppers points in 2018 than he did in 2017. In 2017, he had 5.0 Box-Toppers points and in 2018, he had 25.5 points, first among all players.

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Postseason awards wrap-up: How Box-Toppers leaders fared in 2018's major season honors

Depending on how you look at it, Box-Toppers points leaders took home two (or three or four) of the six major postseason awards for 2018.

There were two awards won outright by Box-Toppers points leaders in their categories:

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Yelich wins NL MVP & led NL batters in Box-Toppers points; Betts wins AL MVP, was 2nd among AL batters in B-T points

Christian Yelich of the Brewers, who led National League batters in Box-Toppers points in 2018 with 11.5, was voted NL Most Valuable Player Thursday.

And Mookie Betts of the Red Sox, who ranked second among American League batters in Box-Toppers points with 10.9, was voted AL Most Valuable Player. Teammate J.D. Martinez, who led AL batters with 12.5 Box-Toppers points, finished fourth in AL MVP voting.

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Box-Toppers points leader Snell wins AL Cy Young; deGrom wins NL Cy Young despite his numbers

Rays pitcher Blake Snell, who led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2018, was voted the American League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday.

But Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who won the National League Cy Young Award, ranked third in Box-Toppers points among NL pitchers and in fact, needed another half season worth of points to catch Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who led NL pitchers.

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Box-Toppers top-ranked rookies, Acuña, Ohtani, voted Rookies of the Year by baseball writers

Box-Toppers top-ranked rookies, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves and Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, were voted 2018 Rookies of the Year Monday.

The honors for the 2018 season were awarded Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America also named both as top rookies for 2018 on Monday.

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Hader, Diaz win Reliever of the Awards from internet baseball writers group

Josh Hader of the Brewers and Edwin Diaz of the Mariners are winners of this year’s reliever of the year awards as voted on by the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA).

Hader wins the 2018 IBWAA Hoyt Wilhelm National League Relief Pitcher of the Year Award and Diaz is selected as the 2018 IBWAA Rollie Fingers American League Relief Pitcher of the Year. The awards were announced Sunday.

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How 2018 Silver Sluggers winners fared in Box-Toppers rankings

About half of the top batters by position as measured by Box-Toppers points are among Silver Slugger Award winners announced Thursday.

The awards are given to the top batter in each position in both leagues. But as measured by Box-Toppers points, only seven (maybe eight) of the 17 announced winners would have been the same.

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A detailed look at Box-Toppers points leaders for 2018: Top players by position in each league

Here is a detailed look at Box-Toppers point leaders for 2018.

The chart accompanying this post shows points leaders for the season by several different categories and classifications.

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A look at 2018 baseball awards finalists and how they fared in Box-Toppers rankings

Baseball’s postseason award finalists named this week are also among Box-Toppers’ top-ranked players for 2018.

The lone exception: J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox, who led all batters in 2018 with 12.5 Box-Toppers points, is not among the three finalists for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

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A look at Box-Toppers’ top 100 players for 2018

Blake Snell tops Box-Toppers list of the top 100 players in 2018.

The Rays pitcher had 25.5 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, which is the 23rd-highest single-season point total since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

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Box-Toppers 2018 year-end All-Star teams

The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for the 2018 regular season are led by overall Box-Toppers points leader, Rays pitcher Blake Snell.

The American League and National League All-Star teams are composed of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point totals by position in each league. In addition to the batters—eight in the NL and nine (including the designated hitter) in the AL—are the top four starting pitchers in each league and the top closing pitcher.

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David Price tops players in Game 5 as Red Sox win 2018 World Series title over Dodgers

Red Sox pitcher David Price is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Sunday’s World Series Game 5 as Boston wins its fourth title since 2004.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Sunday to win the best-of-seven series, 4-1.

Price struck out five over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks.

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Steve Pearce tops players in Saturday's World Series Game 4 as Red Sox take a 3-1 series lead over Dodgers

Steve Pearce of the Red Sox is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Saturday’s World Series Game 4.

The Boston Red Sox win 9-6 to take a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven game series.

Pearce homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs. It is his first Player of the Game honor of the 2018 postseason.

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Dodgers’ Walker Bueher tops players in Friday's World Series Game 3 marathon; Red Sox lead series, 2-1

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Friday’s World Series Game 3.

The Los Angeles Dodgers win 3-2 in 18 innings, but the Boston Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Buehler struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks. He did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Red Sox tied the game after he exited.

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David Price tops players in World Series Game 2, as Red Sox take a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers

Red Sox pitcher David Price is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Wednesday’s World Series Game 2.

The Boston Red Sox win 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven game series.

Price struck out five over six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks.

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Eduardo Nunez tops players in World Series Game 1, as Red Sox take a 1-0 lead over Dodgers

Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in Tuesday’s World Series Game 1.

The Boston Red Sox win 8-4 to take a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven game series.

Nunez hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, extending the Red Sox lead to 8-4.

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Walker Buehler tops players in NLCS Game 7 as Dodgers eliminate Brewers

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Box-Toppers Player of the Game Saturday as Los Angeles eliminates the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

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