During the 2017 season, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has taken the lead among active players in career Box-Toppers points, rising to third place on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” top 100 players list.
Top 100 ‘All-Time’ PlayersHere are the 100 players with the most career Box-Toppers points since record keeping began in 1995, as of July 30. Players are listed in order of their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total. Also shown is their Box-Toppers point total for 2017 (’17).
|1||Johnson, randy||pi sp||Retired||278.8|
|2||Martinez, Pedro J.||pi sp||Retired||244.8|
|3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||205.8||22.1|
|4||schilling, curt||pi sp||Retired||194.1|
|5||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||191.0||6.0|
|7||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||185.3||3.0|
|8||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||171.4||2.7|
|9||Halladay, Roy 1178||pi sp||Retired||170.7|
|10||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||169.5||13.4|
|12||Santana, Johan 1448||pi sp||Free agent||166.6|
|13||clemens, roger||pi sp||Retired||164.8|
|14||smoltz, john||pi sp||Retired||160.9|
|15||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||Retired||157.0|
|16||mussina, Mike||pi sp||Retired||155.6|
|18||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||151.9||8.7|
|19||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||151.7||20.0|
|20||maddux, greg||pi sp||Retired||151.7|
|21||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||min al||151.2||2.7|
|23||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||148.7||4.7|
|24||Vazquez, Javier 1146||pi sp||Retired||148.3|
|25||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||146.9||2.0|
|26||thome, jim||1b dh||Retired||146.7|
|28||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||142.0||2.7|
|29||Peavy, Jake 1635||pi sp||Free agent||141.8|
|30||pettitte, andy||pi sp||Retired||138.5|
|32||hoffman, trevor||pi cp||Retired||129.4|
|34||Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||sd nl||127.8|
|35||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||Retired||127.8|
|36||Oswalt, Roy 1469||pi sp||Retired||127.2|
|37||rivera, mariano||pi cp||Retired||126.4|
|38||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||125.2||4.0|
|40||Lee, Cliff 1798||pi sp||Free agent||119.1|
|42||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||117.5||5.5|
|43||Zito, Barry 1415||pi sp||Retired||117.4|
|44||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||retired||116.7|
|45||Helton, Todd 1060||1b||Retired||116.4|
|46||Hunter, Torii 1190||cf||Retired||115.9|
|47||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||Free agent||115.0|
|48||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||Retired||114.9|
|49||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||113.8||2.5|
|50||Carpenter, Chris||pi sp||Retired||113.3|
|51||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||Retired||113.2|
|53||brown, kevin j.||pi sp||Retired||112.8|
|54||glavine, tom||pi sp||Retired||110.6|
|55||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||109.9||3.7|
|56||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||109.7||12.4|
|58||Wagner, Billy||pi cp||Retired||108.7|
|59||Millwood, Kevin||pi sp||Retired||108.3|
|60||Berkman, Lance 1261||1b lf rf||Retired||108.1|
|61||Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||hou al||107.6||2.7|
|62||thomas, frank||dh 1b||Retired||106.2|
|63||Ramirez, Aramis 1364||3b||Retired||105.8|
|64||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||105.7|
|65||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||tor al||105.2||2.0|
|66||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||lad nl||105.1|
|67||moyer, jamie||pi sp||Retired||104.0|
|68||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||103.5||17.1|
|70||griffey, ken jr.||cf||Retired||102.2|
|71||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||101.8||2.0|
|72||wakefield, tim||pi sp||Retired||101.4|
|73||Teixeira, Mark 1738||1b||Retired||101.3|
|74||schmidt, jason||pi sp||Retired||101.2|
|75||Holliday, Matt 1836||dh 1b lf||nyy al||100.8||3.0|
|76||Cain, Matt 2081||pi sp||sf nl||100.7||1.0|
|77||Konerko, Paul 1107||1b||Retired||100.7|
|80||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||chi al||99.4|
|82||Howard, Ryan 2040||1b||Released||98.7|
|84||Wolf, Randy 1235||pi sp||Retired||97.4|
|88||nomo, hideo||pi sp||Retired||95.5|
|89||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||95.3||12.4|
|90||Dempster, Ryan 1109||pi sp||Retired||95.2|
|92||Dunn, Adam 1512||lf||Retired||94.3|
|94||Lilly, Ted 1452||pi sp||Retired||93.3|
|96||Wood, Kerry||pi sp||Retired||92.4|
|97||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||91.7||3.5|
|98||Glaus, Troy 1132||3b||Retired||91.6|
|99||Lowe, Derek||pi sp||Retired||91.5|
|100||Nolasco, Ricky 2125||pi sp||ana al||91.2||4.0|
What are those numbers after players' names?
Kershaw has 205.8 career Box-Toppers points, third-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. Kershaw leads all players with 22.1 points in 2017.
Kershaw was in sixth place on the “all-time” list when the season began with 183.7 career points and was second among active players, behind Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. But since the start of the season, Kershaw passed Sabathia, who is now in fifth place on the all-time list with 191.0 career Box-Toppers points.
Kershaw trails two players on the “all-time” list, both of whom would likely have more Box-Toppers points if their entire careers were tracked:
- Randy Johnson leads all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when tracking began, with 278.8. If his entire career from 1988 were tracked, projections put his Box-Toppers point total at 380.
- Pedro Martinez ranks second in Box-Toppers points since 1995 with 244.8. If his entire career from 1992 were tracked, he would have 270 career points.
Here is Box-Toppers top 10 list with players’ projected career totals included. (Players with projected point totals are marked with an asterisk.) To make the list, a player needed to have at least 100 Box-Toppers points since 1995:
- Randy Johnson 380*
- Roger Clemens 320*
- Pedro Martinez 270*
- John Smoltz 255*
- Greg Maddux 250*
- Curt Schilling 232*
- Barry Bonds 230*
- Clayton Kershaw 205.8
- Mike Mussina 193*
- CC Sabathia 191.0
Only two players who started their careers in 1995 or later are on among this top 10 list and both are active—Kershaw (in eighth place) and Sabathia (in 10th).
Alex Rodriguez has the most career Box-Toppers points among all batters since 1995, but Albert Pujols of the Angels is now within striking distance. Rodriguez, who was released last year by the Yankees, has 187.0 career points, ranked sixth on the list. Pujols is within 1.7 with 185.3, in seventh place. Pujols has 3.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017.
Other notable players on the top 100 list:
- 4. Curt Schilling is the highest-ranked retired player on Box-Toppers career points list who is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has 194.1 points.
- 8. Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has risen from ninth place at the end of 2016 to eighth with 171.4 career points. However, he has only earned 2.7 points on the season, just enough to pass retired pitcher Roy Halladay (170.7), who played from 1998 to 2013.
- 10. Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke has risen from 15th at the end of 2016 to 10th with 169.5 career points. Greinke has earned 13.4 points in 2017, fourth in season player rankings.
- 18. Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has risen from 26th at the end of 2016 to 18th with 151.9 career points. Lester has 8.7 points in 2017, 11th among National League pitchers.
- 21. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has risen from 31st at the end of 2016 to 19th with 151.7 career points. Scherzer has earned 20.0 points in 2017, second among all players. He led all players in 2016 with 25.7 points and rose from 57th to 31st on the top 100 “all-time” list last season.
There are nine players on the “all-time” top 100 list who are also among the top 100 in Box-Toppers points for the 2017 season:
- Kershaw—third “all-time” with 205.8, first in 2017 with 22.1.
- Sabathia—fifth “all-time” with 191.0, 54th in 2017 with 6.0.
- Greinke—10th “all-time” with 169.5, fourth in 2017 with 13.4.
- Lester—18th “all-time” with 151.9, 21st in 2017 with 8.7.
- Scherzer—19th “all-time” with 151.7, second in 2017 with 20.0.
- Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright—42nd “all-time” with 117.5, 74th in 2017 with 5.5.
- Twins pitcher Ervin Santana—56th “all-time” with 109.7, eighth in 2017 with 12.4.
- Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale—68th “all-time” with 103.5, third in 2017 with 17.1.
- Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg—89th “all-time” with 95.3, seventh in 2017 with 12.4.
There are 26 players in the top 100 who have earned Box-Toppers points this season. There are four other active players who have yet to earn points this season:
- Jered Weaver, Padres (127.8 career Box-Toppers points, 34th place)
- Madison Bumgarner, Giants (105.7, 64th)
- Scott Kazmir, Dodgers (105.1, 66th)
- James Shields, White Sox (99.4, 80th)
Nearly two-thirds of the career top 100 (65) are retired. Two other players (Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard) are listed as released, but not yet retired. Four other players (Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum) are listed as free agents.
The San Francisco Giants have the most active players among the career top 100 with three. They are:
- Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, 105.7 career points, ranked 64th. (No points in 2017.)
- Pitcher Johnny Cueto, 101.8 career points, ranked 71st. (2.0 points in 2017.)
- Pitcher Matt Cain, 100.7 career points, ranked 76th. (1.0 point in 2017.)
There are 29 active players among the top 100 representing 18 teams. Nine teams have two players on the list.
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.
Notes—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 22nd), 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 37th) 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 27th). And "Helton, Todd 1060," was one of the first players with the debut order number appended, when he first appeared in 1998 (now ranked 45th).
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.
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