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Derek Jeter led MLB in jersey sales for third straight year

Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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MLB released its annual list of top-selling jerseys and Derek Jeter topped the list for the third consecutive season.

Here’s the complete top 10 since the All-Star break:

1. Derek Jeter, Yankees
2. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
4. Bryce Harper, Nationals
5. Mike Trout, Angels
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
7. Yu Darvish, Rangers
8. Chipper Jones, Braves
9. Justin Verlander, Tigers
10. Robinson Cano, Yankees

Albert Pujols not cracking the top 10 with his new Angels jersey is somewhat surprising and Darren Rovell of notes that Miguel Cabrera ranks just 19th.

There’s no list of worst-selling jerseys, but I’ll just assume it was J.J. Putz for like the 10th straight year.

  1. tonystrong - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    He’s also led the league in “getting the best ass of any player” since 1995!!

    • kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      What….and ARod bedding Madonna doesn’t rank up there???


      • rooney24 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        You just made me throw up a little.

      • theaxmancometh - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Madonna has arms like a dude. A really muscular dude.

  2. kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    So he has moved on from the ‘gift baskets’ now??

    • goawaydog - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      damn Kiwi, you beat me by a click of the keyboard!!

  3. goawaydog - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    “insert care package joke here”

    • goawaydog - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      never mind … Kiwi got there first.

      • rooney24 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Plus, he made an actual joke, rather than just “insert ____ joke here”. Kiwi beat you twice.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Haha, as I was pressing ‘post comment’ I actually feared coming second and having a lame relay. At least you went a slight different angle, so it’s no loss.

  4. Cris E - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Given that these are post-AllStar sales, I’m not sure how to read that Ichiro number. It reflects either really well or really poorly on Seattle fans. Are they super loyal to their guy even weeks and months after he was moved to the Yankees, or have they just not noticed?

    • Cris E - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      One more possibility: they could just be thrifty. Anticipating a trade, they waited for his jersey to go on post-trade clearance to finally pick one up.

    • steveflack - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Well, the ESPN article specifes…

      “Jeter was followed by Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton and the new Yankees jersey of Ichiro Suzuki, who was traded from the Seattle Mariners on July 23.”

      Which would make sense, with his hardcore Asian fanbase ordering jerseys as soon as he was traded (and the jersey is a hot item at the Stadium).

  5. nbjays - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Trout is #5 and Miggy is just #19? Just more PROOF that Trout deserves the MVP…

    (ducks and runs)

    • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Just consistent with the hype, or that Cabrera already had some following whereas Trout had about none prior to this year.

  6. temporarilyexiled - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I’m surprised the jersey pictured isn’t outselling the one mentioned…or maybe it was a gift…

  7. hojo20 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    And that jersey will be outdated in 3 years when he retires or is playing elsewhere. Better off buying a younger player jersey who has more potential.

    • stex52 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      But probably most people change shirts more often than once every three years.

    • e5again - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      I refuse to wear a jersey of a player younger than me.

      • stex52 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        I have no choice. Unless I buy it for my grandson to wear.

    • Panda Claus - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Oh, you mean like buying a Carl Crawford jersey in Boston? Younger, has potential–and now gone.

    • protectthishouse54 - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      A Yankees Jeter jersey will never be outdated. One of the best parts of going to the games at the stadium is seeing Berra jerseys, Ruth jerseys, Mantle, Gehrig, etc.

  8. temporarilyexiled - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    How are the “Jeter’s Harem” jersey sales going?

  9. Shafer's Dealer - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Nothing says “Give me your wallet!” in Orlando like a bad ass Jeter jersey.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Derek Jeter led MLB in jersey sales for third straight year

    Plus Derek Jeter led MLB in gift baskets for 18th straight year. (I don’t care that kiwi beat me to it!)

  11. temporarilyexiled - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Suggested new Yankees team wear sales leader:

    Navy women’s shorts with white lettering across the back:


  12. JB (the original) - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Apparently not so well played, Mauer……

  13. 4cornersfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    The dodgers signed a Taiwanese player named Chin-Ling Hu a few years ago. If he had made it his jersey might have broken the top 20. Unfortunately, he played shortstop.

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