|American League||National League|
|1||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||12.5||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||10.5|
|2||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||8.2||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||10.5|
|3||Mazara, Nomar 3614||rf lf||tex al||7.0||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||8.5|
|4||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||6.7||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||8.0|
|5||Davis, Khris 3242||lf dh||oak al||6.7||Tomas, Yasmany 3489||rf lf||ari nl||7.7|
|6||Cain, Lorenzo 3171||cf||kc al||6.5||Kemp, Matt 2151||rf lf||atl nl||7.5|
|7||Springer, George 3337||rf||hou al||6.5||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||7.0|
|8||Kepler, Max 3664||rf||min al||6.5||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||6.5|
|9||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||6.2||Duvall, Adam 3573||lf||cin nl||6.5|
|10||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||tex al||6.0||Werth, Jayson 1664||lf||dc nl||6.0|
|American League||National League|
|1||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||24.5||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||19.0|
|2||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||15.7||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||18.9|
|3||Bradley, Jackie Jr. 3293||cf||bos al||15.0||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||17.5|
|4||Cain, Lorenzo 3171||cf||kc al||14.7||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||rf||col nl||17.0|
|5||Souza, Steven Jr. 3461||rf||tb al||11.2||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||15.5|
|6||Bautista, Jose 2169||rf||tor al||11.0||Kemp, Matt 2151||rf lf||atl nl||13.0|
|7||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||10.7||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||12.0|
|8||Davis, Khris 3242||lf dh||oak al||10.7||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||12.0|
|9||Gomez, Carlos 2397||lf||tex al||10.5||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||11.7|
|10||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||tex al||9.5||Reddick, Josh 2936||rf||lad nl||11.7|
|American League||National League|
|1||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||49.0||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||48.2|
|2||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||42.6||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||46.5|
|3||Jones, Adam 2347||cf||bal al||37.5||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||rf||col nl||45.7|
|4||Bautista, Jose 2169||rf||tor al||35.7||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||39.9|
|5||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||33.9||Holliday, Matt 1836||1b lf dh||stl nl||37.7|
|6||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||tex al||26.9||Kemp, Matt 2151||rf lf||atl nl||37.5|
|7||Smith, Seth 2489||rf lf||sea al||24.0||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||33.7|
|8||Ellsbury, Jacoby 2365||cf||nyy al||23.0||Granderson, Curtis 2051||rf cf ph||nym nl||33.4|
|9||Rasmus, Colby 2608||lf||hou al||22.7||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||31.7|
|10||Gordon, Alex 2328||lf||kc al||22.0||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||27.4|
|All players (including retired)||All active players|
|1||Ramirez, manny||lf||Retired||167.2||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||tex al||104.9|
|2||bonds, barry||lf||Retired||153.2||Holliday, Matt 1836||lf 1b dh||stl nl||97.8|
|3||Guerrero, Vladimir||rf||Retired||128.3||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||88.2|
|4||sheffield, gary||lf||Retired||124.1||Granderson, Curtis 2051||rf cf ph||nym nl||65.8|
|5||Hunter, Torii 1190||cf||Retired||115.9||Bautista, Jose 2169||rf||tor al||62.9|
|6||sosa, sammy||rf||Retired||113.2||Kemp, Matt 2151||rf lf||atl nl||59.1|
|7||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||Retired||108.1||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||58.8|
|8||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||tex al||104.9||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||rf||col nl||58.7|
|9||griffey, ken jr.||cf||Retired||102.2||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||53.9|
|10||walker, larry||rf||Retired||100.1||Suzuki, Ichiro 1467||rf ph||fla nl||53.7|
Active players are shown on the team with whom they finished the 2016 season.
Manny Ramirez leads outfielders in career Box-Toppers points; Carlos Beltran leads active outfielders
Manny Ramirez has the most Box-Toppers points of any outfielder since tracking began in 1995.
Ramirez, who played from 1993 to 2011, primarily for the Red Sox, Indians and Dodgers, but also for the White Sox and Rays, earned 167.2 Box-Toppers points from 1995 to his last game played in 2011.
That puts Ramirez 14.0 Box-Toppers points ahead of the second-place outfielder since 1995, Barry Bonds (153.2 points). However, if Bonds entire career had been tracked, he would have been more than 50 Box-Toppers points ahead of any the 10 outfielders on the career “all-time” list.
Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran leads all active outfielders in career Box-Toppers points and Mike Trout leads all outfielders over recent season time frames, including the past season of 2016.
The chart above shows the top 10 outfielders over several time frames—over the past season (2016), the past two seasons (2015-16), the past six seasons (2011-16) and “all-time”—the past 22 seasons (since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began). For the most recent seasons, the top 10 outfielders in each league are shown. For the “all-time” rankings, the top 10 overall outfielders (including retired players) are shown at left and the top 10 active outfielders in career Box-Toppers points are shown at right.
Ramirez, 44, was eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame in 2017 after being retired for five seasons (but he wasn’t voted in, falling short of the 75 percent required, receiving only 23.8 percent). But it’s not clear Ramirez is actually finished with his career. He has signed with an independent Japanese team for the 2017 season and so if a Major League team comes calling, he could add to his point total.
Bonds, in second place, played from 1986 to 2007 for the Giants and the Pirates, playing nine seasons before Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. Had Box-Toppers tracked his entire career, rough projections put his career total at about 230 Box-Toppers points and a dominant lead over the top 10 outfielders currently on the “all-time” list.
Bonds’ lead would dominant even if other outfielders with experience prior to 1995 had their Box-Toppers point totals similarly projected. The five other outfielders on the list who played prior to 1995 are Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa. Here is how they would rank based on projected Box-Toppers points:
- 1. Bonds 230
- 2. Ramirez 173
- 3. Sheffield 155
- 4. Griffey 140
- 5. Walker 135
- 6. Sosa 135
- 7. Vladimir Guerrero 128.3
- 8. Torii Hunter 115.9
- 9. Lance Berkman 108.1
- 10. Carlos Beltran 104.9
The first six players on the list include projected career Box-Toppers point totals. The outfielders ranked seventh through 10th all played in 1995 or later, so their entire career was tracked by Box-Toppers and the numbers are actual career point totals.
The top three players on the projected points list are all tainted by baseball’s performance enhancing drug scandal. All put up Hall of Fame numbers and all have not been voted into the Hall mainly due to the drug taint. Griffey, the fourth-ranked outfielder based on projected points, was voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2016.
Beltran leads all active outfielders in career Box-Toppers points with 104.9, leading Matt Holliday (97.8) by 7.1 points. Beltran played for the Rangers at the end of 2016 and has signed with the Astros for 2017. Holliday played for the Cardinals at the end of 2016, but has signed with the Yankees for 2017.
Beltran also ranks eighth in career points among all outfielders since 1995 and is the only active outfielder on the “all-time” list.
Beltran is the only outfielder to appear in five of the top 10 lists above—the most he could possibly appear on. In addition to being in both the “all-time” and active lists for career points, he also ranks 10th among American League outfielders for the past season (6.0 points in 2016), 10th among AL outfielders for the past two seasons (9.5 over 2015-16) and sixth among AL outfielders for the past six seasons (26.9 over 2011-16).
Trout of the Angels leads all outfielders in Box-Toppers points for the past season (12.5 in 2016), past two seasons (24.5 over 2015-16) and past six seasons (49.0 over 2011-16). Trout, who has been playing only since 2011, ranks 17th among active outfielders in career points with 49.0.
Bryant of the Cubs leads all National League outfielders in Box-Toppers points for the past season (10.5 in 2016) and past two seasons (19.0 over 2015-16). While Bryant played more games at third base than in the outfield in 2016 (107 vs. 69), he actually earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors more often in the outfield and most often as a left fielder. He was Player of the Game seven times—four times as a left fielder, twice as a third baseman and once playing left field, third base and right field.
McCutchen of the Pirates leads all NL outfielders in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons (48.2 over 2011-2016). McCutchen also ranks seventh among NL outfielders over the past season (7.0 points in 2016), third among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (17.5 over 2015-16) and ninth among active outfielders in career points (53.9).
Other notable players:
- Ryan Braun of the Brewers appears in four top 10 outfielder lists: He is third among NL outfielders over the past season (8.5 in 2016), fifth among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (15.5 over 2015-16), second among NL outfields over the past six seasons (46.5 over 2011-16) and third among active outfielders in career points (88.2).
- Matt Kemp of the Braves also appears in four top 10 outfielder lists: He is sixth among NL outfielders over the past season (7.5 points in 2016), sixth among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (13.0 over 2015-16), sixth among NL outfielders over the past six seasons (37.5 over 2011-16) and sixth among active outfielders in career points (59.1).
- Mark Trumbo of the Orioles appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is second among AL outfielders over the past season (8.2 points in 2016), seventh among AL outfielders over the past two seasons (10.7 over 2015-16) and fifth among AL outfielders over the past six seasons (33.9 over 2011-16).
- Justin Upton of the Tigers also appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is fourth among AL outfielders over the past season (6.7 points in 2016), second among AL outfielders over the past two seasons (15.7 over 2015-16) and second among AL outfielders over the past six seasons (42.6 over 2011-16).
- Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets also appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is fourth among NL outfielders over the past season (8.0 points in 2016), second among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (18.9 over 2015-16) and fourth among NL outfielders over the past six seasons (39.9 over 2011-16).
- Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins also appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is eighth among NL outfielders over the past season (6.5 points in 2016), seventh among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (12.0 over 2015-16) and seventh among NL outfielders over the past six seasons (33.7 over 2011-16).
- Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays also appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is sixth among AL outfielders over the past two seasons (11.0 over 2015-16), fourth among AL outfielders over the past six seasons (35.7 over 2011-16) and fifth among active outfielders in career points (62.9). (Bautista had only 1.0 point in 2016.)
- Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies also appears in three top 10 outfielder lists: He is fourth among NL outfielders over the past two seasons (17.0 over 2015-16), third among NL outfielders over the past six seasons (45.7 over 2011-16) and eighth among active outfielders in career points (58.7). (Bautista had 5.5 points in 2016.)
- Ichiro Suzuki of the Marlins ranks 10th among active outfielders in career Box-Toppers points (53.7), even though his annual point total is low. In 2007 with the Mariners, he had a career high 8.0 Box-Toppers points, which ranked him ninth among that year’s AL outfielders. While he has 16 straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points (tied for the 13th-longest streak in Box-Toppers tracking history), he’s had three seasons with just 1.0 Box-Toppers point and has had 2.5 or fewer points each year since 2010—the past seven seasons.
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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.