Randy Johnson, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame later this month, is Box-Toppers career points leader, sitting atop the top 100 “all-time” list.
Johnson, who pitched primarily for the Diamondbacks and the Mariners, has 278.8 Box-Toppers points, the most of any player since record keeping began in 1995. He retired in 2009.
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, where applicable, are each players Box-Toppers points total from 2015.
|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||dh||nyy al||185.3||6.0|
|5||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||175.3||2.0|
|6||Pujols, Albert 1438||1b dh||ana al||171.3||4.0|
|7||Halladay, Roy 1178||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|8||Ramirez, manny||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|9||Santana, Johan 1448||pi sp||released||166.6|
|10||clemens, roger||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|11||smoltz, john||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|12||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||157.7||14.4|
|13||mussina, Mike||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|14||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||sf nl||155.0||2.0|
|16||maddux, greg||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|18||Vazquez, Javier 1146||pi sp||retired||148.3|
|19||thome, jim||1b dh||retired||146.7|
|20||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||142.6||9.0|
|21||pettitte, andy||pi sp||retired||138.5|
|22||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||136.7||11.0|
|23||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||nym nl||136.4||3.0|
|24||Ortiz, David||dh||bos al||134.4||1.0|
|25||giambi, jason||dh ph||retired||133.4|
|26||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||132.9||4.7|
|27||Peavy, Jake 1635||pi sp||sf nl||131.8|
|28||hoffman, trevor||pi cp||retired||129.4|
|29||Guerrero, Vladimir||rf dh||retired||128.3|
|30||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||pit nl||127.8||6.0|
|31||Oswalt, Roy 1469||pi sp||retired||127.2|
|32||rivera, mariano||pi cp||retired||126.4|
|34||Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||ana al||119.4||4.0|
|35||Lee, Cliff 1798||pi sp||phi nl||119.1|
|36||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||phi nl||118.8||8.0|
|37||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||118.2|
|39||Zito, Barry 1415||pi sp||oak al||117.4|
|40||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||tor al||116.7||2.0|
|41||Helton, Todd 1060||1b||retired||116.4|
|42||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||sf nl||115.0||5.7|
|43||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||retired||114.9|
|44||Hunter, Torii 1190||rf dh||min al||114.4||6.5|
|45||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||114.1||5.0|
|46||Carpenter, Chris||pi sp||retired||113.3|
|48||brown, kevin j.||pi sp||retired||112.8|
|49||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||fla nl||111.2||3.0|
|50||glavine, tom||pi sp||retired||110.6|
|52||Wagner, Billy||pi cp||retired||108.7|
|53||Millwood, Kevin||pi sp||retired||108.3|
|54||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||retired||108.1|
|55||thomas, frank||dh 1b||retired||106.2|
|56||moyer, jamie||pi sp||retired||104.0|
|57||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||stl nl||103.8||5.7|
|58||Ramirez, Aramis 1364||3b||mil nl||102.3||2.5|
|60||griffey, ken jr.||cf||retired||102.2|
|61||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||101.8||3.0|
|62||wakefield, tim||pi sp||retired||101.4|
|63||schmidt, jason||pi sp||retired||101.2|
|64||Konerko, Paul 1107||1b||retired||100.7|
|67||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||100.0||15.0|
|70||Wolf, Randy 1235||pi sp||tor al||97.4|
|72||Cain, Matt 2081||pi sp||sf nl||96.0||1.0|
|75||nomo, hideo||pi sp||retired||95.5|
|76||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||nyy al||95.4|
|77||Dempster, Ryan 1109||pi sp||retired||95.2|
|78||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||nyy al||94.8||5.0|
|80||Dunn, Adam 1512||lf||retired||94.3|
|82||Lilly, Ted 1452||pi sp||retired||93.3|
|83||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||phi nl||93.2||2.0|
|84||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||sd nl||92.7||3.7|
|86||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||oak al||92.4||8.7|
|87||Wood, Kerry||pi sp||retired||92.4|
|88||Glaus, Troy 1132||3b||retired||91.6|
|89||Lowe, Derek||pi sp||retired||91.5|
|90||Holliday, Matt 1836||lf||stl nl||90.3|
|91||Ibanez, Raul 1137||lf dh||free agent||89.7|
|92||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||89.3|
|93||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||88.7||8.4|
|94||Lohse, Kyle 1487||pi sp||mil nl||88.0||3.0|
|95||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||87.9|
|98||wells, david||pi sp||retired||87.5|
|100||Gallardo, Yovani 2333||pi sp||tex al||86.7||4.0|
The chart here shows the rankings of the top 100 players since record keeping started in 1995, along with their career Box-Toppers point total and, where applicable, their Box-Toppers points so far in 2015.
Here are some highlights of the top 100:
- Two of the other three 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are among the top 100 players. Pitcher Pedro Martinez is second place overall with 244.8 Box-Toppers points. Pitcher John Smoltz is in 11th place with 160.9 Box-Toppers points. The other Hall of Fame inductee, second baseman Craig Biggio, is in 247th on the “all-time” Box-Toppers points list with 54.2. He ranks ninth among all second basemen, far behind overall leader Jeff Kent (109.7), who was not voted into the Hall.
- Pitcher Curt Schilling, in third place with 194.1 Box-Toppers points, is the highest-ranked player eligible for the Hall who has not been inducted.
- Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees leads active players in career Box-Toppers points. He has 185.3 points, including 6.0 this season, ranks fourth among all players and is the highest-ranked batter.
- CC Sabathia of the Yankees has the most Box-Toppers points among active pitchers. He has 175.3 points, including 2.0 this season, and ranks fifth among all players.
- Albert Pujols of the Angels is the third of three active players among the “all-time” top 10. He ranks sixth with 171.3 Box-Toppers points, including 4.0 this season.
- Pitcher Johan Santana who was attempting a comeback after injury, was injured again and was released this season by the Blue Jays. Santana has 166.6 career Box-Toppers points and ranks ninth. Santana, who has not earned a Box-Toppers point since 2012, has indicated he will try to resume his comeback in 2016 when he will be 37.
- Max Scherzer of the Nationals, who currently leads players in Box-Toppers points for the 2015 season with 15.0, has 100.0 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 67th.
- Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, who currently leads American League players in Box-Toppers points with 14.4, has 157.7 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 12th, ninth among pitchers.
- Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, who led players in Box-Toppers points in 2014 (and also led players in 2011 and 2013), has 142.6 career Box-Toppers points—including 9.0 this season—and ranks 20th among all players.
There are 30 players in the top 100 who have earned Box-Toppers points this season. There are nine other active players who have yet to earn points this season:
- Jake Peavy, Padres (131.8 career Box-Toppers points, 27th place)
- Cliff Lee, Phillies (119.1 points, 35th)
- Justin Verlander, Tigers (118.2, 37th)
- Barry Zito, Athletics (117.4, 39th)
- Randy Wolf, Blue Jays (97.4, 70th)
- Carlos Beltran, Yankees (95.4, 76th)
- Matt Holliday, Cardinals (90.3, 90th)
- Adrian Beltre, Rangers (89.3, 92nd)
- Ervin Santana, Twins (87.9, 95th)
The New York Yankees have four active players in the top 100, the most of any team:
- Alex Rodriguez (185.3 Box-Toppers points, fourth place)
- CC Sabathia (175.3 points, fifth)
- Carlos Beltran (95.4, 76th)
- Mark Teixeira (94.8, 78th)
Three other teams each have three players in the top 100—the Phillies, Giants and Cardinals.
Most players in top 100 are pitchers—57. Of those, 54 are starting pitchers and three are closers.
It should be noted that since record keeping began in 1995, some players who started before that, would likely have many more Box-Toppers points. For example, Greg Maddux started his career in 1986 and before 1995 had seven seasons with 15 or more wins. He has 151.7 career Box-Toppers points (since 1995) and ranks 16th, but might likely have nearly twice that many points if all his seasons were tabulated.
On the other hand, for a player like Chipper Jones (ranked 17th), 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—you might cringe at the inconsistencies if you were a copy editor. 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 32nd) 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 24th). And "Helton, Todd 1060," was one of the first players with the debut order number appended, when he first appeared in 1998 (now ranked 41st).
About Box-Toppers—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.
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. (Plus, it’s just a pain to make extensive database changes.)