|American League||National League|
|1||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||12.0||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||10.5|
|2||Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||8.5||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||9.7|
|3||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||tor al||8.0||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||9.5|
|4||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||8.0||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||9.5|
|5||Lee, Dae-Ho 3627||1b||sea al||7.7||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||7.5|
|American League||National League|
|1||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||18.5||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||15.5|
|2||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||tor al||18.4||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||15.0|
|3||Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||17.5||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||ari nl||14.7|
|4||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||16.7||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||12.7|
|5||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||15.0||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||11.5|
|American League||National League|
|1||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||65.3||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||ari nl||39.9|
|2||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||49.4||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||38.7|
|3||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||tor al||46.6||Holliday, Matt 1836||1b lf dh||stl nl||37.7|
|4||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||45.0||Gonzalez, Adrian 2193||1b||lad nl||36.4|
|5||Napoli, Mike 2161||1b||cle al||38.7||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||phi nl||32.4|
|All players (including retired)||All active players|
|1||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||182.3||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||182.3|
|2||thome, jim||1b dh||Retired||146.7||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||144.9|
|3||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||144.9||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||nyy al||101.3|
|4||giambi, jason||1b||Retired||133.4||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||phi nl||98.7|
|5||Delgado, Carlos||1b||Retired||117.7||Holliday, Matt 1836||lf 1b dh||stl nl||97.8|
Active players are shown on the team with whom they finished the 2016 season.
Albert Pujols leads all first basemen in career Box-Toppers points since 1995
Albert Pujols of the Angels has the most Box-Toppers points of any first baseman since tracking began in 1995.
Pujols has 182.3 career Box-Toppers points, ahead of second-place “all-time” first baseman, the retired Jim Thome (146.7). Pujols also leads among active first basemen in career points, ahead of second-place Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (144.9).
The chart above shows the top five first basemen over several time frames. For the past season (2016), past two seasons (2015-16) and past six seasons (2011-16) the top five first basemen in each league are shown. The top five overall first basemen since 1995 (including those who have retired) are shown at the bottom left in the chart. The top five active first basemen in career Box-Toppers points are shown at the bottom right.
Pujols, with 182.3 career points, ranks seventh among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, second among all batters (behind Alex Rodriguez with 187.0). Pujols also appears among the top five American League first basemen for the past season (ranked fourth with 8.0 Box-Toppers points), the past two seasons (ranked fifth with 15.0 points) and past six seasons (ranked fourth with 45.0 points).
Pujols was primarily a designated hitter during 2016. But of the seven times he earned Player of the Game honors during the past season, he played first base in two of the games, enough to qualify him for the first base rankings. Over his career, Pujols has primarily played first base—in 10 of the 16 seasons he's earned Box-Toppers points, first base was his primary position.
Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers led all first basemen in Box-Toppers points over the past season with 12.0. Cabrera also leads all first basemen in points over the past six seasons (from 2011-2016) with 65.3 points. Cabrera also ranks fourth among AL first basemen over the past two seasons (2015-2016) with 16.7 points. His 144.9 career Box-Toppers points puts him in third place among all first basemen since 1995 and second among all active first basemen.
Chris Davis leads all AL first basemen over the past two seasons with 18.5 Box-Toppers points. Davis also ranks second among AL first basemen over the past six seasons with 49.4 points.
Joey Votto of the Reds leads all National League first basemen over the past season (10.5 Box-Toppers points) and past two seasons (15.5 points). Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks leads all NL first basemen over the past six seasons with 39.9 points, a total that would rank him fifth among AL first basemen over 2011-2016.
Three of the five active career leaders in Box-Toppers points among first basemen will change their status in the offseason. Third-ranked Mark Teixeria of the Yankees (101.3 Box-Toppers points) has retired, fourth-ranked Ryan Howard (98.7 points) was released by the Phillies and is reportedly looking to sign elsewhere and fifth-ranked Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (97.8 points) has signed with the Yankees for 2017.
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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- Top 100 players “all-time” (since 1995), past six seasons (2011-2016), past two seasons (2015-16) and past season (2016).
- Top 10 overall players, plus top 10 batters and pitchers “all-time” (since 1995).
- Top 10 overall players, plus top 10 batters and pitchers by league past six seasons (2011-2016), past two seasons (2015-16) and past season (2016).
Related Box-Toppers High by Position posts showing Box-Toppers points leaders by position over several time frames—past season (2016), past two seasons (2015-16), past six seasons (2011-16) and “all-time” (since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began):
- First base: Albert Pujols leads all-time, Miguel Cabrera leads past season and past six seasons.
- Second base: Jeff Kent leads all-time, Jose Altuve leads past season.
- Shortstop: Miguel Tejada leads all-time over Derek Jeter.
- Third base: Alex Rodriguez leads all-time, Manny Machado and Adrian Beltre lead in recent seasons.
- Catcher: Mike Piazza leads all-time, Brian McCann leads active catchers in career points.
- Outfield: Manny Ramirez leads all-time, Carlos Beltran leads active outfielders in career points, Mike Trout leads in recent seasons.
- Designated hitter: Albert Pujols leads all-time, Kendrys Morales and Edwin Encarnacion lead in recent seasons.
- Pitcher: Randy Johnson leads all-time, CC Sabathia and Clayton Kershaw lead active pitchers in career points.
- Closing pitcher: Trevor Hoffman leads all-time over all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera.