Kershaw leads Box-Toppers 2013 All-Star teams, Nationals have most team members

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The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for the 2013 regular season are led by overall top player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

The Washington Nationals have the most representatives of any team, with four players.

The All-Star teams are comprised of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point totals by position in each league. In addition to the batters—eight in the National League and nine (including the designated hitter) in the American League—are the top four starting pitchers in each league, the top player who was predominately a middle-reliever and the top closing pitcher.

Kershaw was Box-Toppers Player of the Season, the top overall player, with 21.7 Box-Toppers points. The top four overall players were starting pitchers from the NL. Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is the top AL player with 18.1 points, ranked fifth overall. 

The top AL batter is Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera with 16.9 points, ranked eighth overall. The top NL batter is Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with 13.7 points, ranked 22nd overall.

Four Nationals players made the list, more than any other team: 

  • Shortstop Ian Desmond with 5.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked 163rd overall.
  • Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman with 9.2 points, ranked 66th.
  • Catcher Wilson Ramos, 7.5 points, ranked 101st.
  • Outfielder Bryce Harper, the third-ranked outfielder, with 9.4 points, ranked 65th overall. 

Only two members of both leagues' All-Star teams are still active this season, playing in the World Series: 

  • AL designated hitter David Ortiz of the Red Sox has 12.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 36th overall.
  • NL starting pitcher Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals has 20.2 Box-Toppers points, ranked second overall. 

Box-Toppers is set up to determine the players who most help their team win the most games. Top players from the winning team of each game are determined by a formula using standard box score statistics. These top players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game. Among each day's top players, bonus points are awarded for the top players and batters of the day in each league. Players accumulate points through the season to provide a data point for comparison, such as determining which players are most worthy as All-Stars.  

End-of-season 2013 Box-Toppers All-Star teams 

Here are the Box-Toppers All-Stars by position for both leagues. It includes players with the highest Box-Toppers points (BTP) by position in each league. Also included is the players' overall rank among all players.


1BDavis, Chris 2478Orioles12.732 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935D-Backs13.722
2BCano, Robinson 2092Yankees12.535 Murphy, Daniel 2589Mets8.579
SSLowrie, Jed 2437Athletics8.090 Desmond, Ian 2673Nationals5.5163
3BCabrera, Miguel 1776Tigers16.98 Zimmerman, Ryan 2180Nationals9.266
CAArencibia, J.P. 2781Blue Jays5.5158 Ramos, Wilson 2904Nationals7.5101
OFSoriano, Alfonso 1445Yankees12.928 Cuddyer, Michael 1826Rockies11.540
OFRaburn, Ryan 2340Indians9.562 Gonzalez, Carlos 2460Rockies11.043
OFJones, Adam 2347Orioles8.086 Harper, Bryce 3011Nationals9.465
DHOrtiz, DavidRed Sox12.436     
SPScherzer, Max 2588Tigers18.15 Kershaw, Clayton 2494Dodgers21.71
SPSanchez, Anibal 2187Tigers17.17 Wainwright, Adam 2150Cardinals20.22
SPMasterson, Justin 2462Indians16.410 Greinke, Zack 1871Dodgers19.43
SPSale, Chris 2806White Sox16.112 Fernandez, Jose 3147Marlins19.04
MRChen, Bruce 1170Royals6.4129 Collmenter, Josh 2863D-Backs8.089
CPHolland, Greg 2906Royals11.037 Kimbrel, Craig 2825Braves12.731