|American League||Team||BTP||Rank||National League||Team||BTP||Rank|
|1B||*Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||65.3||18||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||ari nl||39.9||71|
|2B||Cano, Robinson 2092||sea al||43.5||58||Murphy, Daniel 2589||dc nl||31.0||136|
|SS||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||tor al||39.1||75||Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362||nym nl||26.7||175|
|3B||†Beltre, Adrian 1141||tex al||47.9||41||*Carpenter, Matt 2987||stl nl||29.5||146|
|CA||McCann, Brian 2179||nyy al||35.4||100||Posey, Buster 2745||sf nl||28.5||156|
|OF||*†Trout, Mike 2949||ana al||49.0||36||†McCutchen, Andrew 2637||pit nl||48.2||38|
|OF||†Upton, Justin 2411||det al||42.6||64||*Braun, Ryan J. 2300||mil nl||46.5||47|
|OF||Jones, Adam 2347||bal al||37.5||89||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||col nl||45.7||51|
|DH||†Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||tor al||46.6||44|
|SP||Hernandez, Felix 2064||sea al||91.4||5||*†Kershaw, Clayton 2494||lad nl||150.2||1|
|SP||†Price, David 2593||bos al||89.5||6||*†Scherzer, Max 2588||dc nl||111.3||2|
|SP||*†Hamels, Cole 2135||tex al||84.8||7||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||sf nl||100.0||3|
|SP||†Sale, Chris 2806||chi al||84.4||8||Greinke, Zack 1871||ari nl||95.5||4|
|CP||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||bos al||57.7||24||Chapman, Aroldis 2826||chi nl||45.4||52|
* Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2016 year-end All-Star team
† Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2015-16 All-Star team
Kershaw leads Box-Toppers All-Stars teams of best players over the past six seasons
The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2011-16 consist of the best players over the past six seasons, which includes 10 of the 27 players who are also on Box-Toppers 2015-16 All-Star teams.
Also, among the 27 players on the teams, there are seven players who are on Box-Toppers 2016 All-Star teams and four who are on All-Star teams over all three time spans—for 2016, for 2015-16 and for 2011-16.
Leading the 2011-16 All-Stars is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who ranks first in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 150.2. Kershaw also leads players over 2015-16 with 50.1.
There are eight teams with two players each among the 2011-16, tied for the most of any team—the Tigers, Mariners, Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox, Nationals, Giants and Diamondbacks.
The All-Star teams are composed of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point total by position in each league over the 2011-16 time period. In addition to the batters—eight in the National League and nine (including the designated hitter) in the American League—are the top four starting pitchers in each league and the top closing pitcher.
This six-year view of All-Stars, as opposed to the single-season (2016) or two-season (2015-16) view, provides an indication of established players who have been able to maintain superiority over a sustained period.
Kershaw, who leads all players over 2011-16, has been ranked either first or second among all players in Box-Toppers points for each of the past six seasons.
Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez leads AL players in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 91.4, but did not make the cut for Box-Toppers 2015-16 or 2016 All-Star teams. Hernandez had a career-low season in 2016 with just 6.0 Box-Toppers points, 50th among AL pitchers—far outside the top four AL pitchers who made Box-Toppers 2016 All-Star team. Hernandez also had 25.4 Box-Toppers points over 2015-16, ninth among AL pitchers over that span. He needed at least 32.2 points to be among the top four AL pitchers on Box-Toppers 2015-16 All-Star team.
Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers leads AL batters in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 65.3, ranking 18th among all players. While Cabrera made Box-Toppers 2016 All-Star team as top-ranked AL first baseman (12.0 Box-Toppers points), he did not make Box-Toppers 2015-16 All-Star team—he ranked fourth among AL first basemen over that time period with 16.7.
Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates leads NL batters in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 48.2, 38th among all players. McCutchen also appears on Box-Toppers 2015-16 All-Star team as the third-ranked NL outfielder with 17.5 Box-Toppers points. He did not appear in the 2016 Box-Toppers All-Star teams—he had 7.0 Box-Toppers points in 2016, seventh among NL outfielders (he would have needed at least 8.5 points to make the top three NL outfielders who appear on the team).
In the chart, players who are among the 2016 All-Stars are denoted with an asterisk (*). Players who are among the 2015-16 All-Stars are denoted with a dagger (†). There are four players with both an asterisk and a dagger, meaning they made all three All-Star teams. They are:
- AL outfielder—Mike Trout, Angels.
- AL pitcher—Cole Hamels, Rangers.
- NL pitcher—Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.
- NL pitcher—Max Scherzer, Nationals.
There are two players who made only the 2016 All-Stars and the 2011-16 All-Stars:
- AL first baseman—Miguel Cabrera, Tigers.
- NL third baseman—Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (he is top NL second baseman on the 2016 Box-Toppers All-Star team—he played both infield positions in 2016).
Four other players made the 2015-16 All-Star team and the 2011-16 All-Star team:
- AL third baseman—Adrian Beltre, Rangers.
- AL designated hitter—Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays.
- AL pitcher—David Price, Red Sox.
- NL outfielder—Andrew McCutchen, Pirates.
All eight starting pitchers on both the NL and AL Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2011-16 are the top eight players over that span. The NL starting pitchers are the overall top four, while the AL starting pitchers rank fifth through eighth.
All 14 AL players on the 2011-16 team are among the overall top 100 players in Box-Toppers points over 2011-16. The lowest-ranked AL player on the team is catcher Brian McCann of the Yankees, who has 35.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 100th. However, four of the 13 players on Box-Toppers NL All-Stars for 2011-16 rank outside the overall top 100 during that time span:
- NL second baseman—Daniel Murphy, Nationals with 31.0 Box-Toppers points over 2011-16, ranks 136th overall in that time span.
- NL third baseman—Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 29.5 Box-Toppers points, ranks 146th.
- NL catcher—Buster Posey, Giants, 28.5 points, 156th.
- NL shortstop—Asdrubal Cabrera, Mets, 26.7 points, 175th.
Players are listed with the team with whom they finished the 2016 season.
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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