Eric Hosmer of the Royals is Box-Toppers 2016 All-Star Player of the Game.
Hosmer hit a game-tying, second-inning homer and went 2-for-3, driving in two runs, in the American League’s 4-2 win over the National League.
Hosmer was also named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.
Hosmer had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +2.0, tied with AL and Royal teammate Salvador Perez as highest scores earned by AL players. But Hosmer won Player of the Game on a tiebreaker because he had more at bats than Perez—3 vs. 2. Perez homered and drove in two runs in his two at bats.
Top pitcher of the game for the AL was Corey Kluber of the Indians (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K W), who also had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0. Hosmer won Player of the Game honors over Kluber because in cases of game score ties, batters rank ahead of pitchers.
Kluber ranked ahead of two other AL pitchers who had Box-Toppers game scores of +2.0 (Dellin Betances of the Yankees and Kelvin Herrera of the Royals) because Kluber earned the win. Kluber leads AL players in Box-Toppers points this season with 12.5—he ranks fifth among all players.
Hosmer has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 42nd among AL batters. In 2015, Hosmer had 9.0 Box-Toppers points and ranked ninth among AL batters, his best season. Hosmer has 25.5 career Box-Toppers points, making his Box-Toppers debut in 2011. Since the start of 2011, he ranks 28th among AL batters in career Box-Toppers points.
Overall Box-Toppers points leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (20.0), was selected to the NL All-Star team but did not pitch in the game—he is on the disabled list, recovering from a lower back injury.
Manny Machado of the Orioles, who leads AL batters in Box-Toppers points (8.7), went 0-for-3 in the All-Star Game and had a Box-Toppers game score of −3.0.
Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, who leads NL batters in Box-Toppers points (7.5), was selected to the NL All-Star team but is out with an injury and did not play.
Top player for the NL team was Kris Bryant of the Cubs, who opened scoring with a first-inning solo homer. Bryant went 1-for-2 and had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0.
Scoring—Just as All-Star Game statistics don’t count in a player’s regular season statistics, no Box-Toppers points are awarded for the All-Star Game.
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.
Box-Toppers game scores of AL All-Star players
Here are all the players who played for the winning American League team in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score. Eric Hosmer had the highest game score and is Box-Toppers All-Star Player of the Game (POG)
|POG||2.0||Eric Hosmer, 1B||Royals||3||1||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Salvador Perez, C||Royals||2||1||1||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Corey Kluber (W,1-0)||Indians||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Jose Quintana||White Sox||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
|0.0||Jackie Bradley, LF||Red Sox||2||0||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Mookie Betts, RF||Red Sox||2||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Edwin Encarnacion, DH||Blue Jays||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Robinson Cano, 2B||Mariners||0||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Xander Bogaerts, SS||Red Sox||2||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||David Ortiz, DH||Red Sox||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Carlos Beltran, RF||Yankees||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Michael Saunders, RF||Blue Jays||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Mark Trumbo, LF||Orioles||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Ian Desmond, CF||Rangers||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Josh Donaldson, 3B||Blue Jays||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Miguel Cabrera, 1B||Tigers||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-1.0||Chris Sale||White Sox||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||1||1||0||1|
|-2.0||Mike Trout, CF||Angels||3||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Francisco Lindor, SS||Indians||2||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-2.0||Matt Wieters, C||Orioles||2||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-3.0||Jose Altuve, 2B||Astros||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-3.0||Manny Machado, 3B||Orioles||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|-4.0||Aaron Sanchez||Blue Jays||-||-||-||-||1.0||2||1||1||1||0|