All told, Derek Jeter and the Yankees ruined it for everyone. The baseball postseason expanded for the first time in 1969, doubling the number of playoff games a team or a player could take part in, and it did so again in 1995, adding a whole other round. That playoff expansion happened to coincide exactly with not only the Yankees' dynasty -- well, the most recent Yankees postseason dynasty -- but with Jeter's career. Jeter was the key player over nearly 20 years of regular postseason appearances. Thus, Jeter -- along with Bernie Williams and Manny Ramirez -- leads in a ton of postseason categories, and likely will for a long time. Here are the top five postseason all-time leaders in major counting stats:

1. Derek Jeter: 200
2. Bernie Williams: 128
3. Manny Ramirez: 117
4. Jorge Posada: 103
5. (tie) Kenny Lofton: 97
5. (tie) Chipper Jones: 97

Home runs
1. Manny Ramirez: 29
2. Bernie Williams: 22
3. Derek Jeter: 20
4. Albert Pujols: 19
5. (tie) Mickey Mantle: 18
5. (tie) Reggie Jackson: 18

1. Bernie Williams: 80
2. Manny Ramirez: 78
3. David Justice: 63
4. Derek Jeter: 61
5. David Ortiz: 60

Innings pitched
1. Andy Pettitte: 276 2/3
2. Tom Glavine: 218 1/3
3. John Smoltz: 209
4. Roger Clemens: 199
5. Greg Maddux: 198

1. Andy Pettitte: 19
2. John Smoltz: 15
3. Tom Glavine: 14
4. Roger Clemens: 12
5. (tie) Greg Maddux: 11
5. (tie) Curt Schilling: 11

1. Mariano Rivera: 42
2. Brad Lidge: 18
3. Dennis Eckersley: 15
4. (tie) Jason Isringhausen: 11
4. (tie) Robb Nen: 11

I know postseason leaderboards aren't the most commonly cited ones -- and you'd be amazed how much trouble I had even doing the research I needed for this column -- but perhaps we should look at them more often. After all, in today's day and age, with the postseason taking over a paramount importance, the only way we can really make much sense of the random chaos of the playoffs is to put some historical context to it. Sure, David Freese or Daniel Murphy or Mike Napoli can all go crazy in a specific postseason, but the only way to gauge long-term postseason prowess and ability is to see who gets back year after year. It is not unreasonable that in future years, with the prominence of modern postseason (now with the Wild Card Game!), we will use this as a data point to judge player careers for even Hall of Fame consideration. Arguably, counting stats should matter more when we talk about postseason than they do in the regular season.

So, now that another postseason has ended, I thought I'd take a look at the updated top 10 active postseason leaderboards in each of those major categories. There are more postseason games than ever, to the point that some of these guys are eventually going to compile half-seasons -- or more -- of statistics in the playoffs. Succeeding in the postseason is a measure of skill not only once you get there, but a measure of your ability to get there in the first place. And every year tells us a little more. Eventually, some of these people might even be able to spy Jeter, Manny and Bernie.

1. (tie) Yadier Molina: 90
1. (tie) Albert Pujols: 90
3. David Ortiz: 87
4. Alex Rodriguez: 72
5. Matt Holliday: 69
6. Carlos Beltran: 61
7. Miguel Cabrera: 57
8. Jhonny Peralta: 54
9. Pablo Sandoval: 53
10. (tie) Victor Martinez: 47
10. (tie) Jayson Werth: 47

Both Pujols and Molina are nine hits behind Lofton to make the top five all-time. A clearly hobbled Molina actually went 1-for-8 in the National League Division Series against the Cubs this year, tying him with Pujols for the active postseason lead. I do not recall this being noted at the time.

Home runs
1. Albert Pujols: 19
2. David Ortiz: 17
3. (tie) Carlos Beltran: 16
3. (tie) Nelson Cruz: 16
5. Jayson Werth: 14
6. (tie) Miguel Cabrera: 13
6. (tie) Matt Holliday: 13
6. (tie) Alex Rodriguez: 13
6. (tie) Chase Utley: 10
10. (tie) Curtis Granderson: 9
10. (tie) Evan Longoria: 9

Pujols is already fourth all-time, just one behind Jeter for third. He has actually played five fewer postseason games than Ortiz, by the way. Cruz has played in exactly half as many postseason games as Ortiz but has only one fewer homer.

1. David Ortiz: 60
2. Albert Pujols: 54
3. Alex Rodriguez: 41
4. Carlos Beltran: 40
5. Miguel Cabrera: 38
6. Matt Holliday: 37
7. Nelson Cruz: 34
8. (tie) Robinson Cano: 33
8. (tie) Ryan Howard: 33
10. Yadier Molina: 31

Here's where Ortiz stands out, which makes sense.

By the way, how about those Royals of the past two years? Alcides Escobar is 20th in hits; he has only two fewer hits than Jon Jay, who has played in 27 more postseason games. Mike Moustakas is 17th in homers. Eric Hosmer is tied for 11th in RBIs (and Lorenzo Cain is 23rd).

Innings pitched
1. CC Sabathia: 107 1/3
2. Justin Verlander: 98 1/3
3. Jon Lester: 98
4. Cole Hamels: 95
5. Adam Wainwright: 89
6. Madison Bumgarner: 88 1/3
7. Clayton Kershaw: 64 2/3
8. Max Scherzer: 62.2
9. James Shields: 59 1/3
10. C.J. Wilson: 53

You can probably expect Sabathia and Verlander -- neither of whom will be favored to make the postseason next year -- to be passed for the top spot soon. No one else is even halfway to the top five at this point; you wonder if Pettitte's mark is going to last for a half-century. Had Lance Lynn not been left out of the rotation for the Cardinals in the NLDS, he'd be in the top 10.

1. CC Sabathia: 9
2. (tie) Madison Bumgarner: 7
2. (tie) Cole Hamels: 7
2. (tie) Justin Verlander: 7
5. Jon Lester: 6
6. (tie) Lance Lynn: 5
6. (tie) Francisco Rodriguez: 5
8. (tie) Matt Cain: 4
8. (tie) Wade Davis: 4
8. (tie) Max Scherzer: 4
8. (tie) Michael Wacha: 4
8. (tie) Adam Wainwright: 4

Also in the top 20: Matt Harvey, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar, Marco Gonzales.

1. (tie) Neftali Feliz: 7
1. (tie) Greg Holland: 7
1. (tie) Jonathan Papelbon: 7
1. (tie) Trevor Rosenthal: 7
1. (tie) Koji Uehara: 7
6. (tie) Jeurys Familia: 5
6. (tie) Kenley Jansen: 5
8. (tie) Santiago Casilla: 4
8. (tie) Wade Davis: 4
8. (tie) Sergio Romo: 4
8. (tie) Adam Wainwright: 4

A bet: Rivera's save mark here lasts as long as Cy Young's all-time win record does.

Other fun factoids:

• The active leader in pitching appearances? Javier Lopez.

• Four active pitchers have six postseason losses: Kershaw, Lester, Shields and Wilson.

• The active pitcher who has pitched the most innings without giving up an earned run? Hochevar, 10 2/3 innings.

• The active games played leader for hitters is Molina, at 89, more than a half-season of wear and tear added.

• Pujols has received 20 intentional walks in the postseason.

• Three active players have three postseason triples: Cano, Escobar and Granderson.

• Two active players are 2-for-2 in the postseason: Christian Colon and Jesus Montero.

• The most postseason sacrifices? Escobar, with six in just the past two years.

• The active top three slugging percentages with more than 15 postseason at-bats all came from the Cardinals-Cubs NLDS: Jorge Soler (1.105), Stephen Piscotty (1.000) and Kyle Schwarber (.889).

All right. We can close the book on the 2015 postseason now. The fun of the postseason is that these numbers can all change, and will change, dramatically next year. One October can make all the difference.

Thanks to Baseball Reference's Play Index and's Zachary Finkelstein for their help with researching this piece.

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