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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Here are most popular MLB player jerseys of ‘19

For the third season in a row, Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge reigns as the most popular jersey in the game, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday. Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, Javier Báez and Christian Yelich, who rounded out the top five.

A trio of National League MVP contenders made the biggest jumps on the list in 2019. Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, was unranked during his MVP season, but he jumped to No. 5 on this year’s list. Bellinger went from No. 15 on last year’s list to No. 3, and Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. rose from No. 20 in 2018 to No. 6 in ‘19.

On the American League side, Astros MVP hopeful Alex Bregman made his first appearance on the list, checking in at No. 13. He came in just behind perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, who ranked ninth this year. It’s the first time since MLB player jersey rankings have been released that the nine most popular players are all under the age of 30.

The sound you are hearing now is Barry Halper’s ghost, trying to figure out how he can claim that some of these jerseys were game-used…..

QLE Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aaron judge, bryce harper, christian yelich, cody bellinger, javier baez, jerseys

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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: September 28, 2019 at 06:51 AM (#5883942)
More people would have bought Trout’s jersey, but they know that they are unworthy.
   2. Bote Man Posted: September 28, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5883957)
Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper

Which fans?? Because I know a healthy number of fans in D.C. who are saying "Bryce WHO??" with the likes of Juan Soto and Victor Robles roaming the outfield. Some have even gone so far as to deface their Harper #34 jerseys in all manner of amusing ways.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5884028)
For the third season in a row, Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge reigns as the most popular jersey in the game,
Curious as to whether this can be referenced in the salary arbitration process, if Judge ends up going that route. Seems only fair for Judge to be able to cite his enormous popularity - he has his own seating area in the right field stands, too - but IIRC there are some restrictions on what can be raised in arbitration.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2019 at 04:45 PM (#5884068)
Answering the question posed in my # 3, the Collective Bargaining Agreement does allow evidence of a player’s popularity to be considered during salary arbitration:
The criteria will be the quality of the Player’s contribu- tion to his Club during the past season (including but not limited to his overall performance, special qualities of leadership and public appeal), the length and consistency of his career contribution, the record of the Player’s past compensation, comparative baseball salaries (see paragraph (11) below for confidential salary data), the existence of any physical or mental defects on the part of the Player, and the recent performance record of the Club including but not limited to its League standing and attendance as an indication of public acceptance (subject to the exclusion stated in subparagraph (b)(i) below). Except as set forth in subsections 10(b) and 10(c) below, any evidence may be submitted which is relevant to the above criteria, and the arbitration panel shall assign such weight to the evidence as shall appear appropriate under the circumstances. The arbitration panel shall, except for a Player with five or more years of Major League service, give particular attention, for comparative salary pur- poses, to the contracts of Players with Major League service not exceeding one annual service group above the Player’s annual service group. This shall not limit the ability of a Player or his representative, because of special accomplishment, to argue the equal relevance of salaries of Players without regard to service, and the arbitration panel shall give whatever weight to such argument as is deemed appropriate.[emphasis added]
Aaron Judge seems likely to do very well next year, whether via arbitration or a negotiated contract.
   5. Hank Gillette Posted: September 28, 2019 at 05:16 PM (#5884077)
The criteria will be the quality of the Player’s contribu- tion to his Club during the past season (including but not limited to his overall performance, special qualities of leadership and public appeal), the length and consistency of his career contribution, the record of the Player’s past compensation, comparative baseball salaries (see paragraph (11) below for confidential salary data), the existence of any physical or mental defects on the part of the Player, and the recent performance record of the Club including but not limited to its League standing and attendance as an indication of public acceptance (subject to the exclusion stated in subparagraph (b)(i) below).


Has any club ever gone the “mental defect” route? Seems to be pretty much a guaranteed way to ensure that the player signs with another team once hitting free agency.
   6. Hank Gillette Posted: September 28, 2019 at 05:25 PM (#5884078)
Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper


Which fans?? Because I know a healthy number of fans in D.C. who are saying "Bryce WHO??" with the likes of Juan Soto and Victor Robles roaming the outfield. Some have even gone so far as to deface their Harper #34 jerseys in all manner of amusing ways.


There is a whole new customer base in Philadelphia (with over twice the population of Washington, D.C.), plus fans of Harper who want a complete set of his jerseys (in case he doesn’t retire as a Phillie).

I would assume that Harper has lost some popularity as his career continues to disappoint those who thought he was going to be in Trout’s class, but he is still one of the more famous players.

I just don’t get those fans who take it personally when a player leaves for a higher paying job, but I am a more casual fan.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2019 at 05:49 PM (#5884086)
There is a whole new customer base in Philadelphia (with over twice the population of Washington, D.C.)
Actually, the DC metro area is more populous, 6,249,950 to 6,096,372, based on 2018 estimates. The Nationals strongest following is in Northern Virginia.
   8. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: September 28, 2019 at 08:38 PM (#5884134)
I just don’t get those fans who take it personally when a player leaves for a higher paying job, but I am a more casual fan.


This. 99% of these people wouldn't think twice about jumping to another company that more highly valued their skills.

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