Five of the top 10 players in batting average for 2016 are among Box-Toppers’ top 100 players.
DJ LeMahieu of the Rockies led all players with a .348 batting average in 2016. He had 8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2016, 85th among all players and 11th among NL batters.
Batting average leaders’ Box-Toppers pointsHere is how 2016 batting average leaders fared in Box-Toppers points. Players are listed from highest batting average. Also shown are their 2016 Box-Toppers points (BTP) and their rank in Box-Toppers tops among all players.
|7||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||.318||6.2||151|
|8||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||.318||5.0||216|
Jose Altuve of the Astros led AL players with a .338 batting average (third among all players). He had 12.5 Box-Toppers points, 26th among all players and third among AL batters.
Joey Votto of the Reds is the NL player with the most Box-Toppers points who ranked among the top 10 players in batting average for 2016. Votto batted .326, fourth among all players. He had 10.5 Box-Toppers points, 49th among all players and fourth among NL batters.
Mike Trout of the Angels is the AL player with the most Box-Toppers points who ranked among the top 10 players in batting average for 2016. Trout batted .315, 10th among all players. He had 12.5 Box-Toppers points, 25th among all players and second among AL batters.
Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is the other player who ranked among the top 10 in batting average and top 100 in Box-Toppers points. Cabrera batted .316, ninth among all players. He had 12.0 Box-Toppers points, 33rd among all players and fourth among AL batters.
Having a high batting average does not always translate into a high Box-Toppers point total. Players who lead in Box-Toppers points are more frequently players who hit for more power and come from teams that win a lot of games.
Cabrera led players in batting average in 2015 (.338), though he slumped in Box-Toppers points with only 4.7, his lowest point total since his 2003 rookie season. In 2015, Cabrera led in batting average though he did not play in as many games (119) or hit for his usual power (18HR, 76 RBI) and his 4.7 Box-Toppers points ranked 40th among AL batters. In 2016, he bounced back, playing in more games (158) and hitting for more power (38HR, 108RBI).
Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies has the lowest Box-Toppers point total among the top 10 players in batting average. Blackmon batted .324, fifth among players in 2016, but had only 4.0 Box-Toppers points, 262nd among all players and 52nd among NL batters.
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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