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Derek Jeter is the most popular MLB jersey this year

Jul 10, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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Major League Baseball just released a list of the most popular jerseys sold at their team stores so far this season. Not much surprising about the list. Popular teams sell a lot of jerseys, big name stars go most often. Though there is an undercurrent of younger players creeping into the list. Twelve of the top 20 are players who are 27 years old or younger, which is the most in that category in the four years MLB has been keeping track of these things. Three players – Freddie Freeman, Masahiro Tanaka and Anthony Rizzo – appear on the list for the first time.

I wish they had a list of the most popular custom-jerseys and t-shirts in which names of players who are not currently active were placed on the back. Stuff like how many Bobby Higginson shirts were sold in Detroit and how many Franklin Stubbs shirts were sold in L.A. That would tap into the hipster/ironic purchase market which, while small, is a dynamic sector of the baseball merch economy.

Here’s the list:

1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
4. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
5. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
6. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
8. David Wright, New York Mets
9. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
11. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
13. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
14. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
15. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
16. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
17. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
19. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
20. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

  1. yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I’m dropping not-at-all subtle hints that my birthday present this year should be a Mitchell & Ness 1982 Montreal Expo road jersey with the name DAWSON emblazoned across the nameplate.

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Tut, tut, downthumbers.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    My interwebs overflow, time to go to the pool. Please, Craig, don”t go for the trifecta. Maybe ARod will do something narcissistic today.

  3. fifthstarter - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    When is it NOT Jeter Day at HBT – nay, in America? Every day is Jeter Day!

  4. csbanter - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Derek Jeter ! Derek Jeter ! Derek Jeter

  5. jimmyt - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Jeter, Jeter, hhmmm, now what does that rhyme with?

  6. scruffmagee - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Yeah Jeets

  7. tmc602014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Of course Jeter. But did you notice Tim Lincecum? I’m sure all those jerseys weren’t sold since the no-hitter. Some of you commenters should remember this when you complain about the All Star roster – some player’s popularity exceeds their effectiveness.

    • fifthstarter - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Giants fans love Tim Lincecum to a degree anyone could reasonably label irrational. When he came up, the Giants had been terrible for several years, with increasingly crappy teams of old guys built to surround an aging Barry Bonds. And then Bonds was gone and there weren’t a lot of reasons to watch the Giants at all. And then Timmy appeared and suddenly you knew you were going to see something electrifying every five days.

      His sudden collapse to mediocrity (and worse) has been emotionally very painful for a lot of Giants fans, and no matter how rational we might pretend to be, we all have a certain amount of hope that he’ll rebound to at least *good*, and be worth his contract. Every jersey sale is a prayer to the baseball gods that we will again see something resembling the Timmy of old.

  8. chip56 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Papi is probably enraged and blaming race for the fact that he’s only 4th.

  9. chip56 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    It also makes sense that Tanaka would be on the list for the first time since he didn’t have a MLB jersey last year.

  10. phillysports1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    No Tulo ?

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Everybody in this football town who would own a Tulo jersey already has one.

  11. whatacrocker - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    There can only be one explanation for this: The gift baskets must come with a jersey in them.

  12. asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Sorta surprised how low Trout and Puig are

  13. 1998yanks - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    What drives me crazy is always seeing Yankee Jerseys worn with the #2 on the back AND the name JETER above it. Sorry Yankee fans, but everyone knows who wears #2. That goes with all Yankee jerseys with names on the back.

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