Still struggling with your All-Star vote?
Are you someone who truly wants to field a great team—voting for the best players—and not someone who is just willing to vote that .125 hitter in simply because he is on your favorite team?
Well, even if you aren't, Box-Toppers is going to take a look at the top players by position in each league. And as in past all-star updates, we'll look at the all-star teams in a couple of different ways: We'll look at who is leading in Box-Toppers points by position so far through the 2013 season. And we'll also look at players over the longer run, seeing who is leading in Box-Toppers points for the combined 2012 and 2013 seasons.
So, for example, Stephen Drew of the Red Sox is leading among American League shortstops so far in 2013 with 4.5 Box-Toppers points. But J.J. Hardy of the Orioles is leading among AL shortstops if you combine his 2012 and 2013 Box-Toppers points. Hardy has 9.2 (7.2 in 2012 and 2.0 in 2013).
Box-Toppers also includes starting, middle relief and closing pitchers in its all-star line-ups, even though fans don't get to vote for them.
Several players appear on both the 2013 and the combined 2012-13 list, indicating they may be especially worthy of your attention as you fill out your ballot. They include:
- AL 1B: Chris Davis of the Orioles.
- AL 2B: Robinson Cano of the Yankees.
- AL 3B: Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who also leads all AL batters in Box-Toppers for 2013 (9.7) and combined 2012-13 seasons (21.4).
- AL pitchers: Yu Darvish of the Rangers and Chris Sale of the White Sox (but, again, fans don't vote on pitchers).
- NL 2B: Brandon Phillips of the Reds.
- NL CA: Brian McCann of the Braves.
- NL OF: Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies.
- NL pitcher: Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
- NL middle reliever: Santiago Casilla of the Giants.
Here is how the Box-Toppers All-Star teams stand as of today:
|2013 SEASON||2012-13 SEASONS|
|First base||Davis, Chris 2478||bal al||4.5||Davis, Chris 2478||bal al||16.5|
|Second base||Cano, Robinson 2092||nyy al||4.5||Cano, Robinson 2092||nyy al||8.5|
|Shortstop||Drew, Stephen 2210||bos al||4.5||Hardy, J.J. 2071||bal al||9.2|
|Third base||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||9.7||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||21.4|
|Catcher||Arencibia, J.P. 2781||tor al||5.5||Mauer, Joe 1869||min al||13|
|Outfield 1||Johnson, Kelly 2018||tb al||4.5||Trout, Mike 2949||ana al||13.5|
|Outfield 2||Raburn, Ryan 2340||cle al||4.5||Hamilton, Josh 2332||ana al||11.5|
|Outfield 3||Joyce, Matt 2480||tb al||3||Rios, Alex 1989||chi al||9.9|
|Designated hitter||Ortiz, David||bos al||3.7||Butler, Billy 2330||kc al||12.7|
|Starting pitcher 1||Masterson, Justin 2462||cle al||10.7||Verlander, Justin 2112||det al||30.8|
|Starting pitcher 2||Buchholz, Clay 2363||bos al||9.1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||sea al||25.4|
|Starting pitcher 3||Sale, Chris 2806||chi al||8.7||Darvish, Yu 3003||tex al||24.8|
|Starting pitcher 4||Darvish, Yu 3003||tex al||8||Sale, Chris 2806||chi al||24.4|
|Middle reliever||Scheppers, Tanner 3136||tex al||3||Chen, Bruce 1170||kc al||8|
|Closing pitcher||Perkins, Glen 2506||min al||5||Rodney, Fernando 1803||tb al||10|
|First base||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||ari nl||5.2||LaRoche, Adam 1910||dc nl||11.5|
|Second base||Phillips, Brandon 1691||cin nl||3.5||Phillips, Brandon 1691||cin nl||13|
|Shortstop||Crawford, Brandon 2878||sf nl||3||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||col nl||7|
|Third base||Zimmerman, Ryan 2180||dc nl||3.7||Freese, David 2710||stl nl||11.7|
|Catcher||McCann, Brian 2179||atl nl||5||McCann, Brian 2179||atl nl||11|
|Outfield 1||Harper, Bryce 3011||dc nl||5.9||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||mil nl||16|
|Outfield 2||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||col nl||5||Holliday, Matt 1836||stl nl||14.7|
|Outfield 3||Pollock, A.J. 3142||ari nl||4.7||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||col nl||14.2|
|Starting pitcher 1||Harvey, Matt 3075||nym nl||9||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||lad nl||28.8|
|Starting pitcher 2||Corbin, Patrick 3027||ari nl||8.4||Lynn, Lance 2992||stl nl||25.1|
|Starting pitcher 3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||lad nl||8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||dc nl||23.4|
|Starting pitcher 4||Miller, Shelby 3134||stl nl||7.7||Gonzalez, Gio 2626||dc nl||22.7|
|Middle reliever||Casilla, Santiago 2301||sf nl||2||Casilla, Santiago 2301||sf nl||6|
|Closing pitcher||Grilli, Jason 2209||pit nl||4.7||Chapman, Aroldis 2826||cin nl||18|
|AL top player||Masterson, Justin 2462||cle al||10.7||Verlander, Justin 2112||det al||30.8|
|AL top batter||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||9.7||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||21.4|
|NL top player||Harvey, Matt 3075||nym nl||9||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||lad nl||28.8|
|NL top batter||Harper, Bryce 3011||dc nl||5.9||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||mil nl||16|