Box-Toppers 2010-15 All-Star teams

Here are Box-Toppers 2010-15 All-Star teams. The player with the highest Box-Toppers point total (BTP) at each position in each league over the past six seasons was named an All-Star. Their overall rank among all players during 2010-15 is also shown.  

American League Team BTP Rank National League Team BTP Rank
1B Cabrera, Miguel 1776 det al 60.8 21 Gonzalez, Adrian 2193 lad nl 38.7 68
2B †Cano, Robinson 2092 sea al 41.5 60 Phillips, Brandon 1691 cin nl 31.7 123
SS †Tulowitzki, Troy 2308 tor al 45.8 49 Desmond, Ian 2673 dc nl 21.2 246
3B *Beltre, Adrian 1141 tex al 42.1 57 Zimmerman, Ryan 2180 dc nl 31.7 122
CA *†McCann, Brian 2179 nyy al 33.2 109 †Posey, Buster 2745 sf nl 29.5 140
OF *†Bautista, Jose 2169 tor al 49.9 41 Braun, Ryan J. 2300 mil nl 51.0 36
OF †Jones, Adam 2347 bal al 39.5 66 *Gonzalez, Carlos 2460 col nl 50.2 39
OF Hamilton, Josh 2332 tex al 38.2 71 *†McCutchen, Andrew 2637 pit nl 43.9 54
DH Pujols, Albert 1438 ana al 52.4 32
SP *†Hernandez, Felix 2064 sea al 105.8 2 *†Kershaw, Clayton 2494 lad nl 141.9 1
SP *†Price, David 2593 tor al 88.8 6 *†Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 99.0 3
SP Verlander, Justin 2112 det al 83.4 7 Greinke, Zack 1871 lad nl 94.8 4
SP Hamels, Cole 2135 tex al 82.0 8 †Bumgarner, Madison 2753 sf nl 92.7 5
CP †Holland, Greg 2906 kc al 33.0 77 †Kimbrel, Craig 2825 sd nl 50.7 38
What are those numbers after players' names?
* Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2015 year-end All-Star team
† Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2014-15 All-Star team

Kershaw, Hernandez lead Box-Toppers All-Star teams over the past six seasons

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The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2010-15 consist of the best players over the past six seasons, which includes 14 (more than half) who are also on Box-Toppers 2014-15 All-Star teams.

Also, among the 27 players on the teams, there are seven players who are on two additional Box-Toppers All-Star teams—the 2014-15 All-Stars and the 2015 All-Stars.

Leading the 2010-15 All-Stars is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who ranks first in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 141.9. Kershaw also leads players over 2014-15 with 57.2.

There are four teams with three players each among the 2010-15 All-Stars, tied for the most of any team—the Blue Jays, Rangers, Dodgers and Nationals.

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.

This six-year view of All-Stars, as opposed to the single-season (2015) or two-season (2014-15) view, provides an indication of established players who have been able to maintain superiority over a sustained period. 

Some, like Kershaw, do it by piling up huge Box-Toppers point totals each season—Kershaw has led all players in Box-Toppers points four of the past six seasons and finished second in 2015. 

Others, like Ryan Braun of the Brewers, who leads NL batters in Box-Toppers points over the past six years, piled up big point totals in 2010 through 2012, but has since not been among leaders in points among NL outfielders. In 2010, he had 15.0 Box-Toppers points, in 2011, he had 10.5 and in 2012 he led NL batters with 12.5. But he hasn’t had more than 5.0 points in a season in the past three years. (Braun did miss much of the 2013 season suspended under baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy and hasn’t returned to his previous dominant form since—he had five straight seasons with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points from 2008 to 2012.)

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez leads AL players in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 105.8, a fairly dominating lead over second-place AL player, Blue Jays pitcher David Price with 88.8, given that Hernandez has never led AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points in a single season. Hernandez ranks second among all players in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons, behind Kershaw.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers leads AL batters in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 60.8, ranking 21st among all players. Cabrera is one of 11 players among the 27 All-Stars for 2010-15 who only made one of the three Box-Toppers All-Star teams, an indication that the player had a down season in either 2015, 2014 or both. Cabrera had 4.7 Box-Toppers points in 2015 after nine straight seasons with at least 7.5 points, including 2014 when he had 12.5, ranked second among AL batters.

In the chart, players who are among the 2015 All-Stars are denoted with an asterisk (*). Players who are among the 2014-15 All-Stars are denoted with a dagger (†). There are seven players with both an asterisk and a dagger, meaning they made all three All-Star teams. They are:

  • AL catcher—Brian McCann, Yankees.

  • AL outfielder—Jose Bautista, Blue Jays.

  • AL pitcher—Felix Hernandez, Mariners.

  • AL pitcher—David Price, Blue Jays (Price also pitched for the Rays and Tigers during 2010-15 and signed with the Red Sox for 2016).

  • NL outfielder—Andrew McCutchen, Pirates.

  • NL pitcher—Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.

  • NL pitcher—Max Scherzer, Nationals (Scherzer also pitched for the AL Tigers during 2010-15).

There are two players who made only the 2015 All-Stars and the 2010-15 All-Stars, both of whom led their league in Box-Toppers points among batters in 2015:

  • AL third baseman Adrian Beltre, Rangers. (Beltre had 12.5 Box-Toppers points to lead AL batters in 2015 after having no points in 2014. He also led AL batters in 2012 with 13.0 points.)

  • NL outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies. (Gonzalez had 11.5 Box-Toppers points to lead NL batters in 2015 after having 1.5 in 2014.)

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.