|American League||Team||BTP||Rank||Pos||National League||Team||BTP||Rank|
|Cabrera, Miguel 1776||det al||49.1||37||1B||*†Rizzo, Anthony 3063||chi nl||47.5||41|
|Cano, Robinson 2092||sea al||41.5||57||2B||Murphy, Daniel 2589||chi nl||34.5||97|
|Andrus, Elvis 2582||tex al||25.2||184||SS||Machado, Manny 3087||lad nl||34.9||95|
|Donaldson, Josh 3144||cle al||47.6||40||3B||†Arenado, Nolan 3306||col nl||34.9||94|
|McCann, Brian 2179||hou al||27.2||155||CA||†Posey, Buster 2745||sf nl||34.0||102|
|*Trout, Mike 2949||ana al||49.5||35||OF||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||col nl||40.5||63|
|†Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||nyy al||44.4||48||OF||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||nym nl||37.9||79|
|McCutchen, Andrew 2637||nyy al||42.5||53||OF||†Harper, Bryce 3011||dc nl||35.9||87|
|†Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||cle al||55.2||26||DH|
|*†Sale, Chris 2806||bos al||110.9||3||SP||*†Scherzer, Max 2588||dc nl||137.0||1|
|*†Kluber, Corey 3200||cle al||109.1||4||SP||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||lad nl||134.4||2|
|†Carrasco, Carlos 2885||cle al||82.0||8||SP||†Greinke, Zack 1871||ari nl||99.4||5|
|Price, David 2593||bos al||79.4||9||SP||Lester, Jon 2173||chi nl||84.6||6|
|Kimbrel, Craig 2825||bos al||53.4||28||CP||Jansen, Kenley 2871||lad nl||34.7||96|
* Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2018 year-end All-Star team
† Player who is also on Box-Toppers’ 2017-18 All-Star team
(Note: This post does not take into account any Box-Toppers statistics from the 2019 season. It is our annual six-year All-Star team story that was meant to be compiled and posted prior to the start of the 2019 season. But we got sidetracked, spending substantial time in the offseason working on an unrelated-to-baseball Christmas song—as heard on The Dr. Demento Show—and correcting several Box-Toppers statistical errors from the 2018 season. So we’re playing catch up and just now getting around to compiling and posting it. Last year’s six-year All-Star team story for 2012-17 was posted in January 2018.)
The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2013-18 consist of the best players over the past six seasons, which includes 11 of the 27 players who are also on Box-Toppers 2017-18 All-Star teams.
Also, among the 27 players on the teams, there are five players who are on Box-Toppers 2018 All-Star teams and four who are on All-Star teams over all three time spans—for 2018, for 2017-18 and for 2013-18.
Leading the 2013-18 All-Stars is Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who ranks first in Box-Toppers points over that six-season period with 137.0. Scherzer also leads players over 2017-18 (50.1) and was second among all players in 2018 (25.1).
The Cleveland Indians had four players on the 2013-18 All-Star team, most of any club, but as of July 2019, those four players aren’t currently playing for the Indians, either because they’ve moved to other teams or are sidelined for medical reasons:
Corey Kluber, the second-ranked AL pitcher with 109.1 Box-Toppers points over the period, is rehabbing from a broken arm.
Carlos Carrasco, the third-ranked AL pitcher with 82.0 points over the period, was out since May with what was at first an undisclosed blood disorder, which he later disclosed was leukemia. Despite this diagnosis, Carrasco says he hopes to be back pitching by the end of the 2019 season.
Josh Donaldson, the top-ranked AL third baseman with 47.6 points, is now with the Braves.
Edwin Encarnacion, the top-ranked AL designated hitter with 55.2 points over the period, was traded in the offseason to the Mariners and has since been traded to the Yankees.
The All-Star teams are composed of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point total by position in each league over the 2013-18 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 (2018) or two-season (2017-18) view, provides an indication of established players who have been able to maintain superiority over a sustained period.
Scherzer, who leads all players over 2013-18, has been ranked among the top six players in each of the six seasons, including ranking first in 2016 (25.7 points) and second in both 2017 (25.0) and 2018 (25.1).
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale leads AL players in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons with 110.9, third among all players over that span, behind Scherzer and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (134.4). Sale is also on Box-Toppers 2018 and 2017-18 All-Star teams. Sale has ranked among the top six AL pitchers all six seasons and has ranked among the overall top 10 in four seasons—2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. He led all players in 2017 with 25.1 points.
Edwin Encarnacion, who finished 2018 with the Indians, led AL batters in Box-Toppers points in the six-season period with 55.2, ranking 26th among all players over 2013-18.
Leading NL batters among the 2013-18 All-Stars is Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, who has 47.5 Box-Toppers points in the six-season period, 41st among all players. Rizzo also appears on Box-Toppers 2017-18 and 2018 NL All-Star teams as top-ranked NL first baseman.
In the chart, players who are among the 2018 All-Stars are denoted with an asterisk (*). Players who are among the 2017-18 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 pitcher—Chris Sale, Red Sox
AL pitcher—Corey Kluber, Indians
NL first baseman—Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
NL pitcher—Max Scherzer, Nationals
There are seven players who made the 2013-18 All-Stars and 2017-18 All-Stars who did not make the 2018 single-season All-Stars:
AL outfielder—Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
AL designated hitter—Edwin Encarnacion, Indians
AL pitcher—Carlos Carrasco, Indians
NL third baseman—Nolan Arenado, Rockies
NL catcher—Buster Posey, Giants
NL outfielder—Bryce Harper, who finished 2018 with the Nationals, but is now on the Phillies
NL pitcher—Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
And there is one player who made both the 2018 All-Stars and the 2013-18 All-Stars: AL outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels.
All eight starting pitchers on both the NL and AL Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2013-18 are among the top 10 players over that span. The highest ranked player for 2013-18 who is not among the All-Stars is Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals, who ranks seventh among all players over the past six seasons with 112.1 Box-Toppers points.
There are three players among the 27 All-Stars for 2013-18 who rank outside the top 100 players in Box-Toppers points over the past six seasons. They are:
NL catcher—Buster Posey, Giants, who with 34.0 Box-Toppers points over 2013-18, ranks 102nd among all players over the past six seasons.
AL catcher—Brian McCann, Astros (now with the Braves), 27.2 points, 155th.
AL shortstop—Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 25.2, 184th, the lowest-ranked among the 27 All-Stars for 2013-18.
Players are listed with the team with whom they finished the 2018 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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