|American League||National League|
|1||Andrus, Elvis 2582||ss||tex al||11.0||Seager, Corey 3587||ss||lad nl||7.0|
|2||Iglesias, Jose 3532||ss||det al||8.0||Valaika, Patrick 3793||ss 3b 2b ph||col nl||5.2|
|3||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||7.0||Dejong, Paul 3827||ss||stl nl||4.5|
|4||Bogaerts, Xander 3383||ss||bos al||5.5||Russell, Addison 3559||ss||chi nl||3.5|
|5||Goins, Ryan 3478||ss||tor al||5.0||Cozart, Zack 3012||ss ph||cin nl||3.5|
|American League||National League|
|1||Andrus, Elvis 2582||ss||tex al||20.2||Seager, Corey 3587||ss||lad nl||11.0|
|2||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||14.7||Story, Trevor 3607||ss||col nl||9.0|
|3||Lindor, Francisco 3586||ss||cle al||10.5||Russell, Addison 3559||ss||chi nl||7.0|
|4||Semien, Marcus 3302||ss||oak al||8.5||Diaz, Aledmys 3612||ss lf||stl nl||6.5|
|5||Iglesias, Jose 3532||ss||det al||8.0||Mercer, Jordy 3206||ss||pit nl||6.0|
|American League||National League|
|1||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||ss||tor al||27.6||Drew, Stephen 2210||ss 2b||dc nl||17.5|
|2||Andrus, Elvis 2582||ss||tex al||25.2||Crawford, Brandon 2878||ss||sf nl||16.2|
|3||Hardy, J.J. 2071||ss||bal al||23.1||Cozart, Zack 3012||ss ph||cin nl||14.5|
|4||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||21.9||Reyes, Jose 1759||ss 3b||nym nl||14.5|
|5||Escobar, Alcides 2663||ss||kc al||21.0||Galvis, Freddy 3202||ss||phi nl||13.0|
|All players (including retired)||All active players|
|1||Tejada, Miguel||ss||Retired||102.3||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||ss||tor al||59.8|
|2||Jeter, derek||ss||Retired||76.4||Hardy, J.J. 2071||ss||bal al||54.8|
|3||Garciaparra, Nomar||ss||Retired||74.9||Rollins, Jimmy 1516||ss||Released||50.4|
|4||Young, Michael 1498||ss||Retired||73.1||Peralta, Jhonny 1815||3b ss||Released||39.4|
|5||Renteria, Edgar||ss||Retired||67.0||Drew, Stephen 2210||ss 2b||dc nl||37.5|
Active players are shown on the team with whom they finished the 2017 season.
Miguel Tejada leads shortstops in Box-Toppers points since 1995, though 2nd-ranked Derek Jeter is widely seen as superior
Miguel Tejada has the most Box-Toppers points of any shortstop since tracking began in 1995.
Tejada, who played from 1997 to 2013 primarily for the Athletics and Orioles, but also for the Astros, Giants, Padres and Royals, earned 102.3 career Box-Toppers points.
That is 25.9 Box-Toppers points ahead of the second-place shortstop in career Box-Toppers points, Derek Jeter (76.4), who played for the Yankees from 1995 to 2014.
The chart above shows the top five shortstops over several time frames. For the past season (2017), past two seasons (2016-17) and past six seasons (2012-17) the top five shortstops in each league are shown. The top five overall shortstops since 1995 (including those who have retired) are shown at the bottom left in the chart. The top five active shortstops in career Box-Toppers points are shown at the bottom right.
The top five shortstops leading career Box-Toppers points (Tejada, Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, Michael Young and Edgar Renteria) all began playing in 1995 or after, so their entire careers were tracked by Box-Toppers. In addition, all five of those players are now retired—the active shortstop with the most career Box-Toppers points, Troy Tulowitzki of the Blue Jays (59.8 points), ranks sixth among shortstops in Box-Toppers points since 1995.
Comparing Tejada & JeterHere is a season-by-season breakdown of Box-Toppers points earned by Miguel Tejada and Derek Jeter over their careers.
|1997||oak al||2.0||nyy al||2.0|
|1998||oak al||5.0||nyy al||10.0|
|1999||oak al||11.0||nyy al||2.0|
|2000||oak al||9.2||nyy al||2.5|
|2001||oak al||10.5||nyy al||5.0|
|2002||oak al†||10.5||nyy al||5.0|
|2003||oak al||10.2||nyy al||2.5|
|2004||bal al||10.7||nyy al||8.7|
|2005||bal al||5.7||nyy al||4.0|
|2006||bal al||6.5||nyy al||6.7|
|2007||bal al||2.0||nyy al||7.0|
|2008||hou nl||5.0||nyy al||3.0|
|2009||hou nl||4.5||nyy al||1.0|
|2010||bal al/sd nl||6.5||nyy al||5.0|
|2011||sf nl||3.0||nyy al||4.5|
|2013||kc al||0.0||nyy al||0.0|
†† Jeter won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 1996.
While Jeter is widely considered to be the superior shortstop during the era in which he played (and a sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible in 2020), his Box-Toppers point total is lower—and considerably lower—than Tejada’s for a couple of reasons. First, Jeter tended to hit for less power than Tejada, hitting home runs and runs batted in less often. Tejada hit 100 or more RBIs in six seasons (including leading the American League in RBIs in 2004 with 150), while Jeter hit 100 or more just once (in 1999, he hit 102). Tejada hit 30 or more home runs in four seasons; Jeter never hit more than 24 in a season.
Jeter also played for better teams (playing in 16 postseasons and winning five World Series titles) with high quality players and had to compete with those teammates for Player of the Game honors. Among players who were Jeter’s teammates from 1996 to 2012 (when they made the postseason every year except 2008) and who rank higher than Jeter in career Box-Toppers points are:
- CC Sabathia, who has 192.7 career Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among all players.
- Alex Rodriguez, 187.0 points, ranked seventh.
- Roger Clemens, 164.8 points, ranked 13th.
- Mike Mussina, 155.6 points, ranked 17th.
- Andy Pettitte, 138.5 points, ranked 30th.
- Jason Giambi, 133.4 points, ranked 31st.
- Mariano Rivera, 126.4 points, ranked 38th.
- Gary Sheffield, 124.1 points, ranked 39th.
- Mark Teixeira, 101.3 points, ranked 75th.
- Bobby Abreu, 95.5 points, ranked 89th.
- Bernie Williams, 93.8 points, ranked 94th.
- David Wells, 87.5 points, ranked 107th.
- Alfonso Soriano, 82.4 points, ranked 118th.
- Tino Martinez, 81.4 points, ranked 121st.
- Orlando Hernandez, 79.9 points, ranked 125th.
- Jorge Posada, 79.5 points, ranked 127th.
Jeter may have had far more Box-Toppers points if he didn’t have to compete against these teammates for Player of the Game honors. Considering the talent on his team, it’s remarkable Jeter was able to earn as many Box-Toppers points as he did.
Tejada, by contrast, only played in the postseason four times with the Athletics from 2000 to 2003, losing each time in the AL Division Series, twice to Jeter’s Yankees and had fewer quality teammates to compete against to earn Player of the Game honors. Only three of his teammates from any of those seasons had more career Box-Toppers points than Tejada:
- Tim Hudson, 157.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 15th.
- Jason Giambi, 133.4 points, ranked 31st (who was later a teammate of Jeter’s).
- Barry Zito, 117.4 points, ranked 43rd.
One other factor in Jeter’s favor and to Tejada’s detriment is that Tejada was associated with baseball’s performance enhancing drug scandal. Several times through his career he was linked to steroid use, including pleading guilty in 2009 of lying to Congress in 2005 about performance enhancing drug usage. In 2013, he was suspended 105 games for testing positive for amphetamines.
Elvis Andrus of the Rangers leads all shortstops over the past season (11.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017) and over the past two seasons (20.2 points over 2016-17). Andrus also ranks second among American League shortstops over the past six seasons (27.6 from 2012-17).
Troy Tulowitzki of the Blue Jays leads all active shortstops in career Box-Toppers points (59.8, which is sixth-most among all shortstops since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995). Tulowitzki also leads all shortstops over the past six seasons (27.6 points over 2012-17). However, Tulowitzki had no points in 2017; he played in just 66 games in an injury-shortened season.
Corey Seager of the Dodgers leads all National League shortstops over the past season (7.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017) and past two seasons (11.0 points over 2016-17).
Stephen Drew of the Nationals leads all NL shortstops over the past six seasons (17.5 Box-Toppers points from 2012-17). Drew also ranks fifth among active shortstops in career Box-Toppers points and he is the only one of the five on that list to earn Box-Toppers points in 2017. However, Drew only earned 1.5 Box-Toppers points in 2017.
Two of the five active shortstops in career Box-Toppers points finished the 2017 season without a team affiliation. Both Jimmy Rollins and Jhonny Peralta were listed as released. Rollins, 39, was signed by the Giants prior to the 2017 season and released before the season started and did not play in 2017. Peralta, 35, played 21 games for the Cardinals in 2017 before being released and was also signed and released by the Red Sox without playing a game in 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 (2012-2017), past two seasons (2016-17) and past season (2017).
- 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 (2012-2017), past two seasons (2016-17) and past season (2017).
- Box-Toppers' top pitchers by time frame at the end of the 2016 season: Randy Johnson leads pitchers in career Box-Toppers points; Sabathia, Kershaw lead active pitchers in points.
Related Box-Toppers High by Position posts showing Box-Toppers points leaders by position over several time frames—past season (2017), past two seasons (2016-17), past six seasons (2012-17) and “all-time” (since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began):
- First base: Miguel Cabrera leads all-time (career Box-Toppers points since 1995). He also leads all active first basemen in career points and leads all first basemen over the past six seasons. Anthony Rizzo leads past season.
- Second base: Jeff Kent leads all-time. Scooter Gennett leads past season.
- Shortstop: Miguel Tejada leads all-time over Derek Jeter. Elvis Andrus leads past season (and also past two seasons).
- Third base: Alex Rodriguez leads all-time. Jose Ramirez leads past season.
- Catcher: Mike Piazza leads all-time. Buster Posey leads past season (and also past two and past six seasons).
- Outfield: Manny Ramirez leads all-time. Giancarlo Stanton leads past season (and also past two seasons).
- Designated hitter: Albert Pujols leads all-time (and also leads active DHs in career points). Edwin Encarnacion leads past season (and also past two seasons and past six seasons).
- Pitcher: Randy Johnson leads all-time. Clayton Kershaw leads active pitchers in career points (and also leads over past six seasons). Chris Sale leads past season. Max Scherzer leads past two seasons.
- Closing pitcher: Trevor Hoffman leads all-time over all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera. Craig Kimbrel leads active closers in career points (and also leads over past two seasons and past six seasons). Edwin Diaz leads over past six seasons.
- Overall: Johnson leads all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995. Kershaw leads active players in career points and also leads all players over the past six seasons. Chris Sale led players in 2017. Max Scherzer leads players over the past two seasons.
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.