Top 100 ‘All-Time’ PlayersHere are the 100 (actually 102) players with the most career Box-Toppers points since record keeping began in 1995. Players are listed in order of their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total. Also shown is their Box-Toppers point total for 2016 (’16).
|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||187.0|
|5||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||182.0||3.0|
|6||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||179.3||20.0|
|7||Pujols, Albert 1438||1b dh||ana al||176.3||2.0|
|8||Halladay, Roy 1178||pi sp||Retired||170.7|
|10||Santana, Johan 1448||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|11||clemens, roger||pi sp||Retired||164.8|
|12||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||164.7||2.0|
|13||smoltz, john||pi sp||Retired||160.9|
|14||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||Retired||157.0|
|15||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||156.1||9.7|
|16||mussina, Mike||pi sp||Retired||155.6|
|18||maddux, greg||pi sp||Retired||151.7|
|20||Vazquez, Javier 1146||pi sp||Retired||148.3|
|21||thome, jim||1b dh||Retired||146.7|
|22||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||nym nl||143.8||3.7|
|23||Ortiz, David||dh||bos al||142.9||5.0|
|24||Peavy, Jake 1635||pi sp||sf nl||141.8||5.0|
|25||pettitte, andy||pi sp||Retired||138.5|
|26||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||136.9||4.0|
|27||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||136.6||10.4|
|29||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||130.8||9.7|
|30||hoffman, trevor||pi cp||Retired||129.4|
|31||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||128.6||4.0|
|33||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||Retired||127.8|
|34||Oswalt, Roy 1469||pi sp||Retired||127.2|
|35||rivera, mariano||pi cp||Retired||126.4|
|36||Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||ana al||125.1||2.0|
|38||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||120.0||14.0|
|39||Lee, Cliff 1798||pi sp||free agent||119.1|
|41||Zito, Barry 1415||pi sp||retired||117.4|
|42||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||117.2||9.4|
|43||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||free agent||116.7|
|44||Helton, Todd 1060||1b||Retired||116.4|
|45||Hunter, Torii 1190||cf||Retired||115.9|
|46||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||ana al||115.0|
|47||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||Retired||114.9|
|48||Carpenter, Chris||pi sp||Retired||113.3|
|49||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||retired||113.2|
|51||brown, kevin j.||pi sp||Retired||112.8|
|52||glavine, tom||pi sp||Retired||110.6|
|54||Wagner, Billy||pi cp||Retired||108.7|
|55||Millwood, Kevin||pi sp||Retired||108.3|
|56||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||Retired||108.1|
|57||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||107.3||5.5|
|58||thomas, frank||dh 1bã||Retired||106.2|
|59||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||105.8||4.0|
|60||Ramirez, Aramis 1364||3b||Retired||105.8|
|61||moyer, jamie||pi sp||Retired||104.0|
|62||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||103.7||11.0|
|63||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||lad nl||103.4||7.0|
|65||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||102.2||8.4|
|66||griffey, ken jr.||cf||Retired||102.2|
|67||Beltran, Carlos 1194||rf dh||nyy al||101.9||3.0|
|68||wakefield, tim||pi sp||Retired||101.4|
|69||schmidt, jason||pi sp||Retired||101.2|
|70||Konerko, Paul 1107||1b||Retired||100.7|
|73||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||99.2||4.0|
|74||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||nyy al||98.8||1.5|
|76||Holliday, Matt 1836||1b lf dh||stl nl||97.8||6.0|
|78||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||chi al||97.4||1.0|
|79||Wolf, Randy 1235||pi sp||retired||97.4|
|80||Cain, Matt 2081||pi sp||sf nl||97.0|
|81||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||96.8||13.4|
|82||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||phi nl||96.7|
|86||nomo, hideo||pi sp||Retired||95.5|
|87||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||95.3||2.0|
|88||Dempster, Ryan 1109||pi sp||Retired||95.2|
|90||Dunn, Adam 1512||lf||Retired||94.3|
|92||Lilly, Ted 1452||pi sp||Retired||93.3|
|94||Wood, Kerry||pi sp||Retired||92.4|
|95||Glaus, Troy 1132||3b||Retired||91.6|
|96||Lowe, Derek||pi sp||Retired||91.5|
|97||Ibanez, Raul 1137||lf dh||Retired||89.7|
|98||Lohse, Kyle 1487||pi sp cp||tex al||89.0|
|99||Gallardo, Yovani 2333||pi sp||bal al||88.7||1.0|
|102||wells, david||pi sp||Retired||87.5|
What are those numbers after players' names?
Since last year’s All-Star break, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has earned 36.7 Box-Toppers points, more than any other player has earned in a single season, rocketing from 20th to sixth on Box-Toppers All-Time Top 100 chart.
Kershaw has 179.3 career Box-Toppers points and ranks third among active players in career points. He earned 16.7 points after 2015’s All-Star break en route to earning 25.7 for the season, second among all players. In 2016, he dominates season player rankings with 20.0 points.
The 36.7 points Kershaw has earned in the past year would break the single season record of 33.7 points, by all-time career Box-Toppers points leader Randy Johnson, who did it twice in 2000 and 2002. With 20.0 points just over halfway into the 2016 season, Kershaw is on pace to break Johnson’s single-season record. However, Kershaw has been on the disabled list since June 30 but is expected to return as soon as next week.
Last year at the All-Star break, Kershaw had 142.6 career Box-Toppers points and ranked 20th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. By the end of 2015, he had 159.3 points and rose to 13th place. He rose to 10th, passing Roger Clemens (164.8) on May 1 and now ranks sixth with 179.3.
Kershaw’s 20.0 Box-Toppers points in 2016 leads all players by 5.6 points, even though it has been nearly a month (June 20) since he last earned Player of the Game honors.
Randy Johnson remains Box-Toppers all-time career points leader, earning 278.8 Box-Toppers points from the time Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995 until his retirement in 2009. (Johnson would likely have about 380 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked, based on rough estimates).
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.
The chart here shows the rankings of the top 102 players since record keeping began in 1995, along with their career Box-Toppers point total and, where applicable, their Box-Toppers points for 2016. The chart also shows each player’s current roster status—retired, free agent or current team.
Some notable players on the top 100 list:
- Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees has more career points than any other active player with 187.0, ranked fourth among players since 1995. However, Rodriguez has yet to earn any Box-Toppers points so far in 2016. Until this year, Rodriguez has earned Box-Toppers points in every season he’s played from 1996 to 2013 and in 2015. He was suspended under baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy in 2014.
- CC Sabathia of the Yankees leads all active pitchers in career Box-Toppers points with 182.0 and has earned 3.0 points in 2016. Sabathia ranks fifth on the “all-time” top 100, now just 2.7 points ahead of Kershaw.
- Albert Pujols of the Angels ranks second among active batters and fourth among active players in career Box-Toppers points with 176.3. However, Pujols was passed June 11 by Kershaw on the career points list and fell from sixth to seventh.
- Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rose from 57th in career points at the end of 2015 to 38th place now with 120.0, earning 14.0 points so far in 2016, third in season rankings.
- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner rose from 90th in career points at the end of 2015 to 62nd now with 103.7, earning 11.0 points so far in 2016, sixth in player rankings.
- Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto rose from 109th in career points at the end of 2015 to 81st now with 96.8, earning 13.4 points so far in 2016, fourth in player rankings.
There are 14 players on the career top 100 list who also appear on the list of top 100 players for the 2016 season. Those players have 4.5 or more Box-Toppers points for 2016.
There are 28 players in the top 100 who have earned Box-Toppers points this season. There are five other active players who have yet to earn points this season:
- Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (187.0 career Box-Toppers points, fourth place)
- Tim Lincecum, Angels (115.0, 46th)
- Matt Cain, Giants (97.0, 80th)
- Ryan Howard, Phillies (96.7, 82nd)
- Kyle Lohse, Rangers (89.0, 98th)
Nearly two-thirds of the career top 100 (66) are retired. The New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants each have four players on the career top 100, most of any team. The Yankees on the list:
- Alex Rodriguez (187.0 career Box-Toppers points, fourth place)
- CC Sabathia (182.0, fifth)
- Carlos Beltran (101.9, 67th)
- Mark Teixeira (98.8, 74th)
The Giants on the list:
- Jake Peavy (141.8 career Box-Toppers points, 24th place)
- Madison Bumgarner (103.7, 62nd)
- Matt Cain (97.0, 80th)
- Johnny Cueto (96.8, 81st)
Two other teams—the Angels and the Rangers—each have three players in the top 100. There are also three players on the top 100 currently listed as free agents, all pitchers, hoping to be eventually signed by a Major League club:
- Johan Santana (166.6 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 10th, last Box-Toppers point earned June 30, 2012)
- Cliff Lee (119.1, 39th, last Box-Toppers point earned April 21, 2014)
- Mark Buehrle (116.7, 43rd, last Box-Toppers point earned July 1, 2015)
Most players among the top 102 are pitchers—60, including three closing pitchers.
It should be noted that Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995 and so many players who debuted before then (such as Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux), would likely have far more career Box-Toppers points if the years before 1995 were tracked. On the other hand, for a player like Chipper Jones (ranked 19th), 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—the inconsistencies might make your inner copy editor cringe. 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 into a slow-functioning computer as quickly as was then possible, 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 35th) 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 23rd). And "Helton, Todd 1060," was one of the first players with the debut order number appended, when he first appeared in 1998 (now ranked 44th).
(Editor’s note: In the chart are references to teams “ana al” and “fla nl,” referring to the Angels and the Marlins. We realize those teams are now known as Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) and the Miami Marlins, but we keep the old abbreviations around since those name changes were largely for marketing or political purposes and involved no substantial change in the actual geography of the team. Plus, change is hard.)