All-Star Game honors show why Box-Toppers is antidote to shortsighted baseball thinking

The 2018 All-Star Game is an almost perfect example of why Box-Toppers is an antidote to shortsighted baseball thinking.

Two players were honored in the game—one who earned the game’s Most Valuable Player award and the other who earned the win. But Box-Toppers metrics say neither of those players really deserve the honors.

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Mariners’ Jean Segura is Box-Toppers Player of the Game as AL wins 2018 All-Star Game

Jean Segura of the Mariners is Box-Toppers 2018 All-Star Player of the Game.

Segura hit a go-ahead, eighth-inning, three-run, pinch-hit homer, in the American League’s 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League. Segura went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

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Mariners’ James Paxton is Box-Toppers’ most deserving player not selected to 2018 All-Star Game

Mariners pitcher James Paxton is the most deserving player not selected to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star teams.

Paxton has 14.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, fifth among all players and fourth among American League pitchers.

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Braves’ Freddie Freeman leads Home Run Derby participants in 2018 Box-Toppers points

Freddie Freeman of the Braves may be seeded seventh among the eight players in Monday’s Home Run Derby, but he has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points in the group.

Freeman has 6.5 Box-Toppers points this season and ranks third among National League batters in Box-Toppers season player rankings. However, his 16 home runs this season is seventh-most among the eight derby participants and has him seeded seventh in the tournament-style derby.

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White Sox’ Giolito tops players for Sunday, July 15; Nationals’ Hellickson tops NL players

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day as teams now take an All-Star break from the regular season before returning Friday.

Giolito struck out six over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks, in the 10-1 win over the Royals.

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Diamondbacks’ Greinke tops players for Saturday, July 14; Astros’ Cole rises to 7th in player rankings

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Twins’ Kyle Gibson tops players for Thursday, July 12; Pujols earns Box-Toppers points in 18th straight season

Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Thursday, Albert Pujols of the Angels has now earned Box-Toppers points in 18 consecutive seasons, tied with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia for the longest active season streak; it is tied for the third-longest streak since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

In addition Thursday, Box-Toppers’ two top-ranked players for 2018 started Thursday but neither earned Player of the Game honors in their teams’ wins. Neither top-ranked Luis Severino of the Yankees nor second-ranked Max Scherzer of the Nationals were top players in their games.

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Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Wednesday, July 11, rises to 4th in player rankings

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in season player rankings.

Sale struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk, in the 4-2 win over the Rangers.

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Astros’ Justin Verlander tops players for Tuesday, July 10, rises to 8th in player rankings

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to eighth place in season player rankings.

Verlander struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 6-5, 11-inning win over the Athletics. Verlander did not earn the win or save, picking up a no-decision, because the Athletics tied the game after he exited.

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Phillies’ Aaron Nola tops players for Monday, July 9; Nola, Berrios rise in top 10 player rankings

Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fifth place in season player rankings.

Also Monday, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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Nationals’ Mark Reynolds tops players for Saturday, July 7 with 2018’s highest Box-Toppers game score for a batter

Mark Reynolds of the Nationals is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, recording the highest Box-Toppers game score for a batter this season.

Also Saturday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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Astros’ Lance McCullers tops players for Friday, July 6; Red Sox’ Sale rises to 5th in player rankings

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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