Derek Jeter (yet again) is MLB's top-selling baseball jersey
Today, MLB and the MLBPA released information on what players have the most popular jersey sales and with it, unsurprisingly, many of the players within are headed for the postseason or are leading the league is statistical categories. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees top the list, released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, with rookie sensations Bryce Harper and Mike Trout rounding out the top five. Ichiro’s placement certainly comes from excitement that surrounded his trade from the Mariners to the Bronx Bombers this season. Jeter was the best selling jersey last season, as well (see the 2011 listing).
Six players, including Ichiro, Harper, Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish and Chipper Jones, who is retiring and certain to be Cooperstown-bound, made the top ten after not appearing in the top 20 on the 2011 calendar-year list released in March of this year. Seven additional players – Matt Kemp, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista, Yadier Molina, Miguel Cabrera and Brett Lawrie – who did not make last year’s list cracked the top 20 this time around. McCutchen is likely to win the batting title and is good news for the Pirates who have languished in the standings for over a decade. Players representing 12 different MLB Clubs make up the list of top 20 most popular jerseys, including Postseason contenders that haven’t been represented on the list in recent years such as the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The top 20 include nine infielders, seven outfielders, two pitchers and two catchers. Of the top 20, 18 were All-Stars in 2012.
What's interesting to note is who is not in the list. After ranking #3 in jersey sales last year, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels drops out of the top 20.
MLB Most Popular Jerseys 2012
Based on sales of Majestic jerseys since the 2012 All-Star break
- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
- Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
- Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees
- Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
- Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
- Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
- Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves
- Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
- Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
- Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
- David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
- oey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
- Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
- Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
- Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
- Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
- Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
- Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
- Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
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