It is with great pleasure that we continue the third annual Notinhalloffame MLB Regular Season Cup, and let us explain how this works:
With every single regular season game, we anointed the best five players in the game with descending points, 5-4-3-2-1.
We knew the following:
- The top players for the MLB NIHOF Cup are not always the best in the league, as injuries keep players out of games, and a premium on staying healthy can help pile up points. It also does not hurt to be a top player on an average or mediocre team, as they can amass Cup points easier that elite players on loaded squads.
- In Baseball, it is more common than in Basketball and Hockey for a player to accrue points with a single Home Run in a game, and overall favors position players. Starting Pitchers have a hard time with approximately 30-35 Starts and throwing less innings than in previous generations. This also is true for closers, which is not made for this process.
- Please remember, that this is NOT necessarily who we think were the best players this year, and does not reflect overall consistency. Treat this the way did, as a fun process and more of a compilation of temporary statistical domination.
At present 761 (up from 740 last week) Players have generated at least one Cup Point.
So, MLB players! Get your agents to work winning this into your contracts!
This is the fourth update, with standings as of the morning of May 29.
1. Shohei Ohtani: Los Angeles Angels, Designated Hitter & Pitcher: (Ranked #1 last week)
75 Cup Points, 52 Games, 1.44 Cup Points per Game, 11 Home Runs, 32 Runs Batted In, 7 SB, .269/.342/.507, 2.8 bWAR & 5-1, 2.91 ERA, 90 SO, 0.954 WHIP.
The Notinhalloffame Cup is built for Ohtani, who can compile points in two different avenues; the only one who can do so. This was his arguably his weakest week of the season, and right now his Angels have a winning record. Ohtani is off to his best pitching start, leading the AL in Strikeouts (90), SO/9 (12.5) and H/9 (8.9), and he is his usual self with the bat, where he is sixth in Home Runs (12).
2. Juan Soto: San Diego Padres, Outfield: (#9, Last Week)
64 Cup Points, 53 Games, 1.21 Cup Points per Game, 10 Home Runs, 24 Runs Batted In, 5 SB, .261/.422/.506, 2.0 bWAR.
Rocketing up seven spots, Soto is the National League leader in Walks (41) and is second in OBP (..422) and fifth in OPS (.927).
3 (TIE). Jorge Soler: Miami Marlins, Outfield: (Nor Ranked, Last Week)
63 Cup Points, 53 Games, 1.19 Cup Points per Game, 17 Home Runs, 35 Runs Batted In, 5 SB, .254/.329/.583, 1.0 bWAR.
Soler powers his way into the top ten, with a surprising spot at a third-place tie. He is second in the NL in Home Runs (17) and seventh in Slugging (.563).
3 (TIE). Pete Alonso: New York Mets, First Base: (Ranked #6, Last Week)
63 Cup Points, 54 Games, 1.17 Cup Points per Game, 20 Home Runs, 46 Runs Batted In, 1 SB, .243/.341/.569, 1.9 bWAR.
Alonso is on fire with his power metrics lately, and is the current National League leader in Home Runs (20) and RBIs (46).
5. Ronald Acuna: Atlanta Braves, Outfield: (Ranked #2 Last Week)
62 Cup Points, 52 Games, 1.20 Cup Points per Game, 11 Home Runs, 30 Runs Batted In, 37 SB, .333/.415/.571, 3.1 bWAR.
Acuna leads all National League batters in bWAR (3.1), Runs Scored (48), and Stolen Bases (37) and OPS (.989), and is in the top four in all three Slash Line components. He is arguably the current NL MVP front runner.
6 (TIE). Marcus Semien: Texas Rangers, Shortstop: (Ranked #4, Last Week)
59 Cup Points, 52 Games, 1.13 Cup Points per Game, 8 Home Runs, 43 Runs Batted In, 7 SB, .298/.368/.486, 3.0 bWAR.
Semien is having an outstanding 2023, and is the current AL leader in Runs Scored (43) and is third in bWAR for Position Players (3.0).
6 (TIE). Aaron Judge: New York Yankees, Outfield: (Ranked #9, Last Week)
59 Cup Points, 44 Games, 1.34 Cup Points per Game, 15 Home Runs, 35 Runs Batted In, 3 SB, .291/.398/.633, 1.9 bWAR.
Last year’s NIHOF Cup winner and Home Run leader makes his first top ten appearance. Judge is leading the AL in Slugging (.644) and Home Runs (15).
8. Rafael Devers: Boston Red Sox, Third Base: (Ranked #2 Last Week)
58 Cup Points, 50 Games, 1.16 Cup Points per Game, 13 Home Runs, 44 Runs Batted In, 0 SB, .242/.283/.500, 0.9 bWAR.
Devers dropped six spots and did not accrue a Cup Point this past week. He is still third in RBIs (44) and fourth in Home Runs (13).
9 (TIE). Yordan Alvarez: Houston Astros, Designated Hitter & Outfield: (Ranked #5, Last Week)
57 Cup Points, 41 Games, 1.29 Cup Points per Game, 14 Home Runs, 48 Runs Batted In, 0 SB, .291/.402/.612, 1.9 bWAR.
Alvarez is entrenched as one of the game’s premier hitters, and is at present second in Slugging (.612) and third in both OBP (.402) and OPS (1.014). Alvarez is also second in Home Runs (14), and RBIs (48).
9 (TIE). Bo Bichette: Toronto Blue Jays, SHortstop: (Not Ranked, Last Week)
57 Cup Points, 54 Games, 1.06 Cup Points per Game, 11 Home Runs, 37 Runs Batted In, 2 SB, .338/.375/.537, 3.1 bWAR.
Bichette is back in the top ten, and has been playing excellent baseball as of late. He currently leads the AL in Hits (78) and Batting (.338).
Chicago’s (AL) and Los Angeles’ (NL) Mookie Betts fell out of the top ten.
Our next update will be the morning of June 4.