All-Star rosters include most Box-Toppers points leaders, only a few minor snubs

With the 2013 All-Star Game here, it's time for a Box-Toppers examination of the choices for the game by fans and the managers.

Overall, not bad. The players with the highest Box-Toppers points totals in each league were almost always named to the American League and National League teams. 

For example, Box-Toppers points leader and Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin was named to the NL roster (though Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was named the game's starter). And AL points leader and Indians pitcher Justin Masterson was named to the AL roster (though Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer was named AL starter).

The player with the most Box-Toppers points this season who was not selected as an All-Star is Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, who has 11.4 Box-Toppers points, the fifth highest among NL pitchers and more than NL starter Harvey (11.0). 

Other notable snubs (a full list is in the chart below) include:

  • Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez, the AL player with the most Box-Toppers points (8.0) left off the roster.
  • Yunel Escobar of the Rays, who has more Box-Toppers points than any other AL shortstop (4.5). 
  • J.P. Arencibia of the Blue Jays, who has more points than any other AL catcher (5.5). 
  • Athletics outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick, who are among the top three AL outfielders in Box-Toppers points. Both have 4.5. 
  • Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, who has more points than any other NL third basemen (6.7).

The elected starters for the AL are generally stronger than the starters for the NL in terms of Box-Toppers points and player rankings (see the charts at right). Five players are among the top one or two players in Box-Toppers points at their position among AL starters, while only three players in the NL can say the same.

The chart shows the players Box-Toppers points for the season, BTP, and their rank according to their field position in their league. Generally speaking, the the lower the rank by position number, the better. For example, Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz and Carlos Gonzalez all rank No. 1 among players in their respective positions. However, elected NL starter Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals, ranks only 39th among NL outfielders in Box-Toppers points for the season.

While the NL starting line-up is not as strong as the AL line-up, the NL reserves include most of the players leading in Box-Toppers points at their position. For example, in the reserves and pitchers chart at the right below the elected starters, you can see that four NL players leading in Box-Toppers points in their position were selected to the team by NL manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants. They include:

  • Brian McCann of the Braves, leading among NL catchers with 7.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, leading among NL first basemen with 9.7 Box-Toppers points. 
  • Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, leading among NL second basemen with 6.0 Box-Toppers points. 
  • Everth Cabrera of the Padres, leading among NL shortstops with 4.5 Box-Toppers points. 

Often, players are chosen to the All-Star for sentimental and nostalgic reasons. That might seem to be the case for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who has only 1.0 Box-Toppers point this season and ranks 137th among AL pitchers in points. And though he's having a strong year (30 saves in 32 chances and a 1.83 ERA), he hasn't picked up a lot of Box-Toppers points since he hasn't been the player who most contributed to the win in most of the games in which he's appeared. Still, Rivera has a very strong career Box-Toppers total. He has 122.4 career Box-Toppers points, 26th among all players since 1995 and second among closing pitchers only to Trevor Hoffman (129.4).  Even if he weren't having a great year statistically, his career Box-Toppers numbers would cry out for his selection to the All-Star Game in this, the year he is retiring.

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. 


Anibal SanchezPI SPTigers8.010
Derek HollandPI SPRangers7.711
Joe SaundersPI SPMariners7.712
R.A. DickeyPI SPBlue Jays6.713
Hiroki KurodaPI SPYankees6.714
Josh Donaldson3BAthletics6.52
Yunel EscobarSSRays4.51
J.P. ArencibiaCABlue Jays5.51
Yoenis CespedesOFAthletics4.52
Josh ReddickOFAthletics4.53
Shelby MillerPI SPCardinals11.45
Zack GreinkePI SPDodgers10.78
Lance LynnPI SPCardinals10.49
Gio GonzalezPI SPNationals8.711
Mat LatosPI SPReds8.712
Ryan Zimmerman3BNationals6.71
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Chris Davis1BOrioles10.21
Robinson Canó2BYankees7.02
J. J. HardySSOrioles3.04
Miguel Cabrera3BTigers13.41
Joe MauerCTwins5.02
Mike TroutOFAngels3.59
Adam JonesOFOrioles3.510
José BautistaOFBlue Jays1.532
David OrtizDHRed Sox8.21
Joey Votto1BReds1.514
Brandon Phillips2BReds5.02
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockies2.07
David Wright3BMets1.012
Yadier MolinaCCardinals3.05
Carlos BeltránOFCardinals1.539
Carlos GonzálezOFRockies9.51
Bryce HarperOFNationals6.92
Jason CastroCAstros2.07
Salvador PérezCRoyals0.018
Prince Fielder1BTigers3.57
Jason Kipnis2BIndians7.01
Dustin Pedroia2BRed Sox1.59
Ben Zobrist2BRays2.06
Manny Machado3BOrioles1.014
Jhonny PeraltaSSTigers1.011
Nelson CruzOFRangers4.51
Alex GordonOFRoyals1.042
Torii HunterOFTigers1.043
Edwin EncarnaciónDHBlue Jays5.72
Justin MastersonPI SPIndians13.71
Matt MoorePI SPRays13.12
Chris SalePI SPWhite Sox10.73
Félix HernándezPI SPMariners10.44
Clay BuchholzPI SPRed Sox10.15
Yu DarvishPI SPRangers10.06
Max ScherzerPI SPTigers9.77
Hisashi IwakumaPI SPMariners9.78
Justin VerlanderPI SPTigers8.09
Bartolo ColónPI SPAthletics6.715
Greg HollandPI CPRoyals6.020
Glen PerkinsPI CPTwins6.021
Chris TillmanPI SPOrioles4.035
Joe NathanPI CPRangers3.059
Grant BalfourPI CPAthletics3.060
Brett CecilPI MRBlue Jays2.093
Jesse CrainPI MRWhite Sox2.096
Steve DelabarPI MR CPBlue Jays1.0112
Mariano RiveraPI CPYankees1.0137
Buster PoseyCGiants6.02
Brian McCannCBraves7.01
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacks9.71
Allen Craig1BCardinals1.015
Freddie Freeman1BBraves6.52
Matt Carpenter2BCardinals6.01
Marco Scutaro2BGiants0.018
Pedro Álvarez3BPirates6.22
Everth CabreraSSPadres4.51
Jean SeguraSSBrewers2.56
Domonic BrownOFPhillies3.515
Michael CuddyerOFRockies6.53
Carlos GómezOFBrewers2.035
Andrew McCutchenOFPirates2.027
Patrick CorbinPI SPDiamondbacks14.41
Clayton KershawPI SPDodgers12.72
Madison BumgarnerPI SPGiants11.73
Adam WainwrightPI SPCardinals11.74
Matt HarveyPI SPMets11.06
Jordan ZimmermannPI SPNationals10.77
Cliff LeePI SPPhillies9.410
José FernándezPI SPMarlins8.014
Aroldis ChapmanPI CPReds6.018
Jason GrilliPI CPPirates5.729
Travis WoodPI CPCubs5.033
Jeff LockePI SPPirates5.036
Craig KimbrelPI CPBraves3.052
Edward MujicaPI CPCardinals3.058
Sergio RomoPI CPGiants2.077
Mark MelanconPI MRPirates1.0121

BTP: Box-Toppers points for the current season.

RANK BY POS.: A players ranking among players in the same position for the current season.