Top 100 list ‘All-time’Here is Box-Toppers ‘All-time’ Top 100, listing players with the highest Box-Toppers points totals since record keeping began in 1995. Also shown, when applicable, are players' Box-Toppers points total from 2014.
|1||Johnson, randy||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Martinez, Pedro J.||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||schilling, curt||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|4||Rodriguez, Alex||3b dh||suspended||179.3|
|5||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||173.3||1.0|
|6||Halladay, Roy 1178||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|7||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||167.3||7.5|
|8||Ramirez, manny||lf dh||chi nl||167.2|
|9||Santana, Johan 1448||pi sp||bal al||166.6|
|10||clemens, roger||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|11||smoltz, john||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|12||mussina, Mike||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|14||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||sf nl||153.0||8.7|
|15||maddux, greg||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|17||Vazquez, Javier 1146||pi sp||retired||148.3|
|18||thome, jim||1b dh||retired||146.7|
|19||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||143.3||20.8|
|20||pettitte, andy||pi sp||retired||138.5|
|21||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||133.6||31.5|
|22||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||nym nl||133.4||10.7|
|23||Ortiz, David||dh||bos al||133.4||7.0|
|24||giambi, jason||dh ph||cle al||133.4|
|25||Peavy, Jake 1635||pi sp||sf nl||131.8||5.7|
|26||hoffman, trevor||pi cp||retired||129.4|
|27||Guerrero, Vladimir||rf dh||retired||128.3|
|28||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||128.2||12.5|
|29||Oswalt, Roy 1469||pi sp||retired||127.2|
|30||rivera, mariano||pi cp||retired||126.4|
|31||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||125.7||16.5|
|33||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||phi nl||121.8||8.0|
|34||Lee, Cliff 1798||pi sp||phi nl||119.1||2.0|
|35||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||118.2||4.0|
|37||Zito, Barry 1415||pi sp||free agent||117.4|
|38||Helton, Todd 1060||1b||retired||116.4|
|39||Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||ana al||115.4||6.7|
|40||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||lad nl||114.9||7.7|
|41||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||tor al||114.7||9.7|
|42||Carpenter, Chris||pi sp||retired||113.3|
|44||brown, kevin j.||pi sp||retired||112.8|
|45||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||phi nl||110.8||12.4|
|46||glavine, tom||pi sp||retired||110.6|
|48||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||sf nl||109.3||10.4|
|49||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||oak al||109.1||16.4|
|50||Wagner, Billy||pi cp||retired||108.7|
|51||Millwood, Kevin||pi sp||retired||108.3|
|52||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||lad nl||108.2||8.0|
|53||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||retired||108.1|
|54||Hunter, Torii 1190||rf||det al||107.9||5.5|
|55||thomas, frank||dh 1b||retired||106.2|
|56||moyer, jamie||pi sp||retired||104.0|
|57||Tejada, Miguel||3b ss||free agent||102.3|
|58||griffey, ken jr.||cf||retired||102.2|
|59||wakefield, tim||pi sp||retired||101.4|
|60||schmidt, jason||pi sp||retired||101.2|
|61||Konerko, Paul 1107||dh 1b||chi al||100.7||1.0|
|64||Ramirez, Aramis 1364||3b||mil nl||99.8||5.0|
|65||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||98.8||18.7|
|66||edmonds, jim||cf rf ph||retired||98.8|
|67||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||stl nl||98.1||10.7|
|68||Rolen, Scott||3b||free agent||97.6|
|69||Wolf, Randy 1235||pi sp||ana al||97.4||1.0|
|70||Jones, Andruw||dh lf ph||japan||96.5|
|72||Abreu, Bobby||dh||nym nl||95.5|
|73||nomo, hideo||pi sp||retired||95.5|
|74||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||nyy al||95.4||1.0|
|75||Dempster, Ryan 1109||pi sp||restricted||95.2|
|76||Cain, Matt 2081||pi sp||sf nl||95.0||1.0|
|78||Dunn, Adam 1512||1b dh||oak al||94.3||2.5|
|80||Lilly, Ted 1452||pi sp||retired||93.3|
|82||Wood, Kerry||pi sp cp||retired||92.4|
|83||Glaus, Troy 1132||3b||retired||91.6|
|84||Lowe, Derek||pi sp||retired||91.5|
|85||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||phi nl||91.2||7.2|
|86||Holliday, Matt 1836||lf||stl nl||90.3||7.5|
|87||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||nyy al||89.8||2.0|
|88||Ibanez, Raul 1137||lf dh||kc al||89.7|
|89||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||89.3|
|90||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||kc al||89.0||13.7|
|91||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||atl nl||87.9||11.0|
|94||wells, david||pi sp||retired||87.5|
|97||leiter, al||pi sp||retired||86.2|
|98||Lee, Carlos 1246||lf||retired||85.5|
|99||Zambrano, Carlos 1676||pi sp||retired||85.2|
|100||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||det al||85.0||22.1|
|101||Lohse, Kyle 1487||pi sp||mil nl||85.0||11.1|
|102||radke, brad||pi sp||retired||85.0|
Randy Johnson’s perch atop Box-Toppers’ “all-time” player standings was safe during 2014.
The flame-throwing, likely Hall-of-Fame pitcher retired in 2009 with 278.8 Box-Toppers points, the most of any player since record keeping began in 1995. His nearest active rival, pitcher CC Sabathia of the Yankees, earned only 1.0 Box-Toppers point during the 2014 season. While that moves him closer, he is still 105.5 points from Johnson’s total. But still Sabathia’s 173.3 career Box-Toppers points puts him at fifth place among all players since 1995.
Box-Toppers points are a measure of how much a player provides key contributions to his team’s wins. Specifically, Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.
The chart here shows the rankings of the top 102 players since record keeping began in 1995, along with their career Box-Toppers point total and, where applicable, their Box-Toppers points for 2014. The chart also shows each player’s roster status as of the end of the 2014 season. For example, Alex Rodriguez, ranked fourth among all players with 179.3 Box-Toppers points, was suspended for the 2014 season under baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy. If he returns to the Yankees in 2015, a season in which he turns 40, he will start the season as the active player with the most Box-Toppers points.
Players who have changed teams in the offseason are still listed on the chart with the teams with whom they finished the 2014 season. For example, A.J. Burnett, ranked 33rd with 121.8 Box-Toppers points, is listed with the Phillies, the team he finished the season with last year. But in the offseason, Burnett has signed to return to the Pirates.
Some other notable players on the top 100 list:
• Albert Pujols moved into the “all-time” top 10 list during the 2014 season. Pujols, who had his best year in his three seasons with the Angels, earned 7.5 Box-Toppers points in 2014 and moves into seventh place on the “all-time” list and is the second-ranked batter, 12.0 points behind Alex Rodriguez.
• Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has led all players in Box-Toppers points three of the past four seasons has rocketed up the list of Box-Toppers “all-time” players. At the end of 2012, he ranked 98th with 80.4 Box-Toppers points. At the end of 2013, he ranked 54th with 102.1. And after a season in which he earned 31.5 Box-Toppers points—the most by any player since 2002—he is now in 21st place with 133.6. If he were to equal his 2014 Box-Toppers point total in 2015, he would pass Roger Clemens, who is now in 10th place.
Top 100 for 2014 & 'All-time'
There were 21 players on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list who also appeared in Box-Toppers’ top 100 player list for 2014. They are shown in the chart below, listed in order by their career Box-Toppers player ranking.
Breakdown: Active vs. inactive
Of the 102 players on the “all-time” list, 59 of them are either retired or ended the season as free agents, on the restricted list or were playing in Japan. If you include Manny Ramirez (who was playing and coaching the minor leagues) and Alex Rodriguez (who was suspended), that means 61 of the players on the list were not on active Major League rosters at season’s end. That means 41 of the 102 players on the list were active and playing in the Majors.
Of those 41 players, 36 of them earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in 2014. Five active players on the list earned 0.0 Box-Toppers points in 2014. They were:
• Johan Santana, Orioles.
• Jason Giambi, Indians (Giambi is the only player to record at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in each of the first 19 seasons of Box-Toppers record keeping, from 1995 to 2013—2014 was the first year he recorded no points).
• Bobby Abreu, Mets.
• Raul Ibanez, Royals.
• Adrian Beltre, Rangers.
Three teams had four active players on the list, tied for the most of any team:
• Tigers: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Torii Hunter, Max Scherzer.
• Phillies: A.J. Burnett, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard.
• Giants: Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain.
Breakdown by position
Pitchers outnumber batters on the “all-time” list. There are 57 pitchers and 45 batters. (On the list of top 100 players for 2014, pitchers outnumbered batters to a far greater extent, 79 to 21.)
Here is a breakdown of the players by their primary position on the “all-time” list:
18—Outfield (2 CF, 8 LF, 8 RF)
Keep in mind that these are only statistics since 1995. For many players who debuted before then (such as Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux), their career Box-Toppers totals would likely be far higher if the years before 1995 were accounted for. On the other hand, for a player like Chipper Jones (ranked 16th), Box-Toppers covers virtually his entire career—he only played in eight games before 1995, so Box-Toppers covers 2,491 games of his 2,499-game career.
If you note how the names are listed in the chart—some all lowercase, some properly capitalized, some with numbers after them—the inconsistencies might make your inner copy editor cringe. But there is an unintentional method to this madness. In early days of keeping the Box-Toppers database from 1995 to 1997, names were inputted quickly, often with no capitalization—Box-Toppers' e.e. cummings phase, if you will. In about 1997, names were pretty consistently properly capitalized. And in 1998, numbers were added at the ends of names to denote their order of first appearance in the Box-Toppers database (the first time they earned Player of the Game).
So today, when you see player names like "rivera, mariano," (now ranked 30th) you'll know that Rivera first appeared early in Box-Toppers history (in his case, the first year, 1995). "Ortiz, David," (properly capitalized) made his Box-Toppers debut in 1997 (now ranked 23rd). And "Helton, Todd 1060," was one of the first players with the debut order number appended, when he first appeared in 1998 (now ranked 38th).
Top 10 'All-time' active players who earned points in 2014
Here are the top 10 players on the “all-time” list who earned Box-Toppers points in 2014 (note: Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana and Jason Giambi were all active in 2014 but did not earn points):
1. CC Sabathia, Yankees, 173.3 career Box-Toppers points
2. Albert Pujols, Angels, 167.3
3. Tim Hudson, Giants, 153.0
4. Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 143.3
5. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 133.6
6. Bartolo Colon, Mets, 133.4
7. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 133.4
8. Jake Peavy, Giants, 131.8
9. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 128.2
10. Zack Greinke, Dodgers, 125.7
Top 10 'All-time' batters
Here are the top 10 batters from the “all-time” list:
1. Alex Rodriguez, suspended from Yankees, 179.3
2. Albert Pujols, Angels, 167.3
3. Manny Ramirez, Cubs (minor league player-coach), 167.2
4. Barry Bonds, retired, 153.2
5. Chipper Jones, retired, 149.0
6. Jim Thome, retired, 146.7
7. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 133.4
8. Jason Giambi, Indians, 133.4
9. Vladimir Guerrero, retired, 128.3
10. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 128.2
Breakdown: All players by Box-Toppers points
Over the course of 20 seasons, 3,436 players have earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point:
• 63 have 100.0 career Box-Toppers points or more.
• 133 have 75.0 or more.
• 277 have 50.0 or more.
• 693 have 25.0 or more
• 1,386 have 10.0 or more.
This means 2,050 players have fewer than 10.0 career Box-Toppers points and 622 players have fewer than 2.0 Box-Toppers points, meaning they earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors just once.
Editor's note: Box-Toppers realizes the Marlins are no longer called the Florida Marlins and the Angels are no longer the Anaheim Angels. But we keep the old team abbreviation names around (fla nl, ana al) since the changes in the team name were largely for marketing or political purposes and involved no substantial change in the actual geography of the team.
Overlapping playersHere are players who are on both the Box-Toppers' top 100 list of "all-time" (above) and the Box-Toppers' top 100 list for the 2014 season. Players are listed in order of career Box-Toppers points, with their predominant position played during 2014 and the team with whom they finished the 2014 season. Their career Box-Toppers points (BTP) are listed, along with their rank on the "all-time" list (Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995). Their Box-Toppers points for 2014 (BTP '14) are also listed, along with their rank among all players in 2014 (Rank '14).
|Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||167.3||7||7.5||98|
|Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||sf nl||153.0||14||8.7||71|
|Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||143.3||19||20.8||6|
|Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||133.6||21||31.5||1|
|Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||nym nl||133.4||22||10.7||49|
|Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||128.2||28||12.5||28|
|Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||125.7||31||16.5||11|
|Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||phi nl||121.8||33||8.0||82|
|Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||lad nl||114.9||40||7.7||95|
|Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||tor al||114.7||41||9.7||59|
|Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||phi nl||110.8||45||12.4||31|
|Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||sf nl||109.3||48||10.4||54|
|Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||oak al||109.1||49||16.4||12|
|Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||lad nl||108.2||52||8.0||83|
|Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||98.8||65||18.7||8|
|Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||stl nl||98.1||67||10.7||50|
|Holliday, Matt 1836||lf||stl nl||90.3||86||7.5||97|
|Shields, James 2157||pi sp||kc al||89.0||90||13.7||22|
|Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||atl nl||87.9||91||11.0||46|
|Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||det al||85.0||100||22.1||5|
|Lohse, Kyle 1487||pi sp||mil nl||85.0||101||11.1||43|