In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the best position players and pitchers in the first half of the 2013 season?
Indeed, the All-Star Game is within spitting distance, and each team passed the 81-game mark not long ago. As such, it's time to authoritatively order the best position players and pitchers over that span.
First, know that these rankings have nothing do with whether the player in question figures to continue doing what he's done thus far in 2013. The second half of the season is of no concern, just as anything that happened before this season is of no concern. What follows is all about the first half of 2013 and who helped his team the most.
Also, we're lumping together AL and NL players, so we're ranking across leagues. As a consequence, the competition for spots is fierce indeed. Before you get frothy with outrage over an omission (and by all means, do just that), keep in mind that a mere 10 hitters and 10 pitchers across all of baseball can pass muster. Elite and exclusive company is what this is.
No, Yasiel Puig did not make it.
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