Box-Toppers 2014-15 All-Star teams

Here are Box-Toppers 2014-15 All-Star teams. The player with the highest Box-Toppers point total (BTP) at each position in each league over the past two seasons was named an All-Star. Their overall rank among all players during 2014-15 is also shown.  

American League Team BTP Rank National League Team BTP Rank
1B Abreu, Jose 3308 chi al 18.5 45 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 chi nl 15.0 76
2B Cano, Robinson 2092 sea al 13.0 99 Walker, Neil 2756 pit nl 11.0 143
SS Tulowitzki, Troy 2308 tor al 17.6 49 Gyorko, Jedd 3164 sd nl 10.7 155
3B Donaldson, Josh 3144 tor al 20.4 35 *Frazier, Todd 2929 cin nl 12.4 113
CA *McCann, Brian 2179 nyy al 13.0 100 Posey, Buster 2745 sf nl 12.5 111
OF *Trout, Mike 2949 ana al 20.5 33 *Cespedes, Yoenis 3008 nym nl 18.9 43
OF Jones, Adam 2347 bal al 17.0 57 Upton, Justin 2411 sd nl 17.2 53
OF *Bautista, Jose 2169 tor al 16.5 60 *McCutchen, Andrew 2637 pit nl 17.0 55
DH Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 tor al 19.9 39
SP *Price, David 2593 tor al 40.2 4 *Kershaw, Clayton 2494 lad nl 57.2 1
SP *Hernandez, Felix 2064 sea al 40.2 5 *Arrieta, Jake 2738 chi nl 43.8 2
SP Kluber, Corey 3200 cle al 39.2 7 *Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 43.1 3
SP *Sale, Chris 2806 chi al 36.2 9 Bumgarner, Madison 2753 sf nl 39.6 6
CP Holland, Greg 2906 kc al 15.0 77 Kimbrel, Craig 2825 sd nl 17.0 56
What are those numbers after players' names?
* Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2015 year-end All-Star team.

Kershaw leads players in Box-Toppers points over past 2 seasons; Blue Jays have 5 players among 2014-15 All-Stars

The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2014-15 consist of the best players over the past two seasons, which includes 12 (nearly half) who are also on the Box-Toppers 2015 All-Star teams.

Leading the 2014-15 All-Stars is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who ranks first in Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons with 57.2.

The Toronto Blue Jays have the most players of any team on the 2014-15 All-Stars—five.

The All-Star teams are composed of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point total 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 and the top closing pitcher.

The two-year view of All-Stars, as opposed to the single-season view, provides a better indication of proven players with sustained quality. Kershaw, who leads all players over the past two seasons, ranked first in Box-Toppers points in 2014 with 31.5 and second in 2015 with 25.7. The second-ranked player, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who has 43.8 Box-Toppers points, ranked first in 2015 with 29.1 and eighth among NL pitchers in 2014 with 14.7.

The AL players with the most Box-Toppers points are pitchers David Price of the Blue Jays and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, both of whom had 40.2. Price, who also pitched for the Rays and the Tigers over the past two seasons, leads AL pitchers on a tiebreaker over Hernandez because he had more Box-Toppers points in 2015—21.1 vs. 19.4. Price did not lead AL pitchers in either 2014 or 2015. He ranked fourth among AL pitchers in 2014 with 19.1 points and second in 2015 with 21.1.

The AL batter with the most Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons is Mike Trout of the Angels with 20.5. Trout ranked seventh among AL batters in 2014 with 8.5 Box-Toppers points and second in 2015 with 12.0 points.

The NL batter with the most Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons is Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets with 18.9. However, Cespedes only played in the NL for the final two months of 2015. He spent 2014 in the AL with the Athletics and the Red Sox (when he had 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked ninth among AL batters). He started 2015 with the Tigers before being traded to the Mets in July. He had 10.9 Box-Toppers points in 2015, second among NL batters—however, only 4.2 of his points came while playing for the NL Mets.

The Blue Jays had five players among the 2014-15 Box-Toppers All-Stars, most of any team:

  • Starting pitcher Price, 40.2 Box-Toppers points.
  • Third baseman Josh Donaldson, 20.4 points.
  • Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, 19.9 points.
  • Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, 17.6 points.
  • Outfielder Jose Bautista, 16.5 points.

It should be noted that both Price and Tulowitzki were acquired in midseason trades in 2015 and so most of their points were acquired while playing on other teams. Tulowitkzi was with the Rockies all of 2014 and much of 2015. He led NL batters in Box-Toppers points in 2014 with 11.6.

The San Diego Padres have three players among 2014-15 All-Stars, the most of any NL team. Four other teams have two players each among the All-Stars—White Sox, Cubs, Pirates and Giants.

The 2014-15 All-Star teams consist of 27 players. The 12 players who also made the 2015 Box-Toppers All-Star teams are denoted in the chart with an asterisk. Players are listed with the team with whom they finished the 2015 season.

About Box-Toppers—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.