Box-Toppers All-time All-Star teams, 1995-2018

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw led the list of Box-Toppers Active Career All-Stars at the end of the 2018 season.

Kershaw was one of four active players to be included on Box-Toppers All-Time All-Star team at the end of 2018.

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Orioles’ Cashner tops players for Saturday, June 29; Diamondbacks’ Grienke rises to 4th in player rankings

Orioles pitcher Andrew Cashner is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. He also becomes the fifth player to reach 200 career Box-Toppers points since player tracking began in 1995.

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Sabathia, Pujols join Giambi, Beltran earning Box-Toppers points in a record 19 straight seasons

In 2019, CC Sabathia and Albert Pujols have tied Box-Toppers’ record for the longest streak of consecutive seasons earning at least one Player of the Game honor.

Both Sabathia and Pujols this season have earned Box-Toppers points for their 19th straight season (from 2001 to 2019). That ties the record held by Jason Giambi (1995 to 2013) and Carlos Beltran (1999 to 2017).

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Marlins’ Pablo Lopez tops players for Tuesday, June 4; Ryu, Hendricks, Castillo rise in player rankings top 10

Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Tuesday, three players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to third place, Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks rises to fifth place and Reds pitcher Luis Castillo rises to sixth place.

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Indians’ Bieber tops players for Sunday, May 19, rises to 10th; Hader, Ryu also rise in top 10 rankings

Indians pitcher Shane Bieber is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 10th place in season player rankings.

Also Sunday, two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader maintains his second-place spot and Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to seventh place.

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A look at Box-Toppers season-by-season AL & NL pitching & batting leaders, 1995-2018

Analyzing 24 years of Box-Toppers points leaders in pitching & batting in both leagues

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Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since start of 2013

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since the start of 2013.

Scherzer has 137.0 Box-Toppers points over the period 2013-2018, just 2.6 points ahead of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 134.4 points over that span.

In fact, Scherzer unseats Kershaw from atop the six-year rolling Box-Toppers point total, a spot Kershaw has held at the end of each season since 2013, five straight seasons.

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Athletics’ Trevor Cahill tops players for Saturday, Aug. 18; Mets’ deGrom tops NL players

Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Cahill struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 7-1 win over the Astros.

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Box-Toppers career points top 10 has most active players on list in 10 years, with Scherzer’s rise

With Max Scherzer’s rise into Box-Toppers career points top 10 list this month, there are now six active players in the top 10, the most since 2008, when there were eight.

Scherzer, the Nationals pitcher, became the 10th-ranked player on Box-Toppers “all-time” list on June 5 with 172.1 career points, passing Roy Halladay (170.7). Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.

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Yankees' Luis Severino tops players for Wednesday, May 2, rises to retake season player rankings lead

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to retake the lead in season player rankings.

Also Wednesday, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—and is the only batter among the top 10—after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Lance McCullers tops players for Saturday, April 28, becomes 4th Astros pitcher in Box-Toppers’ top 10

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to ninth place in season player rankings.

McCullers struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 11-0 win over the Athletics.

McCullers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to ninth place in season player rankings, sixth among American League pitchers.

With McCullers’ rise, Astros pitchers now make up four of the top 10 spots in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

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Box-Toppers’ new Detail Leaders page shows detailed season-by-season point totals from 1995-2017

An overview of Box-Toppers' new season-by-season Detail Leaders page.

This page includes a sprawling, scrolling chart that shows a listing of the top five or 10 players in different categories and subcategories for each season going back to 1995, the first year of Box-Toppers player tracking. It’s a useful tool for research or to relive who were the top players of past seasons.


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Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu tops players for Tuesday, April 10; Red Sox' Betts tops AL players

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Ryu struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Athletics.

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Kershaw remains strong over past half decade—who is rising & who is declining among baseball's top stars

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Box-Toppers’ dominant player over the period 2012-2017, remains Box-Toppers’ dominant player over the period 2013-2017.

The 2013-2017 Box-Toppers point total for all players comes from dropping the points they earned in the 2012 season from their 2012-2017 totals. Box-Toppers uses this longer-term total to gauge a players’ staying power over the recent past.

And at the beginning of a season, when the rolling six-year total drops the earliest year of that timeframe, a player’s change in position in the rankings can give a clue to whether that player is improving, holding steady or declining.

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A look at Box-Toppers points leaders by position over several time frames (after 2017)

Here are Box-Toppers points leaders at each position over a variety of time frames.

For example, the all-time leader, Randy Johnson leads with 278.8 career Box-Toppers points (earned since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began). Johnson also leads in Box-Toppers points among all pitchers since 1995. Chris Sale leads over past season, Max Scherzer leads over past two seasons and Clayton Kershaw leads over past six seasons and also leads all active players in career Box-Toppers points.

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Box-Toppers top outfielders by time frame (after 2017)

Manny Ramirez has the most Box-Toppers points of any outfielder since tracking began in 1995.

Matt Holliday leads active outfielders in career points. Other leaders include Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Jay Bruce and Andrew McCutchen.

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