Postseason awards wrap-up: Box-Toppers leaders win 2 of 6 major honors for 2016

Box-Toppers points leaders won two of six major postseason awards as voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Here are the winners of the six major awards (left) and the Box-Toppers points (BTP) leader in each category (right). Rank shows the players’ rank among all players in 2016.

Rookie of the Year
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Michael Fulmer Tigers pi sp 12.7 23 Michael Fulmer Tigers pi sp 12.7 23
NL winner Team Pos BTP Rank NL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Corey Seager Dodgers ss 4.0 266 Steven Matz Mets pi sp 12.1 32
Cy Young Award
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Rick Porcello Red Sox pi sp 8.0 91 Corey Kluber Indians pi sp 21.2 5
NL winner Team Pos BTP Rank NL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 25.7 1 Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 25.7 1
Most Valuable Player Award
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Mike Trout Angels cf 12.5 25 Manny Machado Orioles 3b ss 12.7 21
NL winner Team Pos BTP Rank NL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Kris Bryant Cubs lf 3b 10.5 46 Nolan Arenado Rockies 3b 10.7 42
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Box-Toppers points leaders took home two of the six major postseason awards in 2016 as voted by baseball writers.

American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer, pitcher for the Tigers, led AL rookies in Box-Toppers points. And National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, pitcher for the Nationals, led all NL pitchers—and all players in Box-Toppers points.

But the other four major awards for top rookie, Cy Young for best pitcher and overall Most Valuable Player, went to players who did not lead their category in Box-Toppers points. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters chose different players for those awards.

Scherzer led all players with 25.7 Box-Toppers points, also leading NL pitchers, and won the NL Cy Young Award. Fulmer led all AL rookies with 12.7 Box-Toppers points and also won AL Rookie of the Year.

The winners of the Most Valuable Player Awards in both leagues were ranked second in Box-Toppers points among their league’s batters and both narrowly trailed the leader by only 0.2 Box-Toppers points:

AL winner Mike Trout of the Angels had 12.5 Box-Toppers points (ranked 25th among all players) and trailed Box-Toppers’ AL batting leader Manny Machado of the Orioles (12.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 21st overall). Machado finished fifth in AL MVP voting.

NL winner Kris Bryant of the Cubs had 10.5 Box-Toppers points (ranked 46th among all players) and trailed Box-Toppers’ NL batting leader Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (10.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 42nd overall). Arenado finished fifth in NL MVP voting.

However, the other two award winners were not even close to Box-Toppers points leader for that category:

NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager, shortstop for the Dodgers, had just 4.0 Box-Toppers points and ranked 266th among all players. Box-Toppers points leader among NL players with rookie status for 2016 is Mets pitcher Steven Matz, who had 12.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked 32nd among all players. Matz finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda was the top NL player who made his Box-Toppers debut in 2016, earning his first Player of the Game honor during the season. Maeda had 10.0 Box-Toppers points, 54th among all players. Maeda finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello of the Red Sox had just 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 91st among all players and only 31st among AL pitchers for 2016. Porcello, though he led the Majors in wins with 22, was often not the player making the key contributions to a Red Sox win as his teammates frequently earned Player of the Game honors. That left him with a lot of wins, but few Box-Toppers points. Indians pitcher Corey Kluber led AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points with 21.2, fifth among all players. He finished third in AL Cy Young voting.

In 2015, Box-Toppers and baseball writers also coincided on two of the major six awards, in 2014 on five of six and in 2013 on four of six.

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.

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