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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Here are the most popular MLB jerseys

MLB released its list of the most popular player jerseys entering Opening Day 2021 on Wednesday. Betts, the Dodgers superstar who took over L.A. in his first season there, is No. 1.

And check out who’s coming in at No. 3: Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s not just in the highest spot ever for a Padres player—at just 22 years old, he’s the youngest player ever with a top-three jersey in MLB.

The most popular jerseys entering 2021 showcase baseball’s biggest stars: Betts, Tatis, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuña Jr., Francisco Lindor, Mike Trout and more. All those players are faces of the game, and all rank among the top 10 best-selling jerseys right now, based on sales of Nike jerseys from since the end of the 2020 World Series. Here’s the full top 20 list.

Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres
Bryce Harper, Phillies
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Aaron Judge, Yankees
Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
Francisco Lindor, Mets
Kiké Hernández, Red Sox
Mike Trout, Angels
Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
Javier Báez, Cubs
Corey Seager, Dodgers
Gerrit Cole, Yankees
Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Christian Yelich, Brewers
Freddie Freeman, Braves
Jacob deGrom, Mets
Jose Altuve, Astros
Pete Alonso, Mets

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2021 at 03:22 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jay Seaver Posted: March 31, 2021 at 04:56 PM (#6010889)
Kiké Hernández, Red Sox

Looks like all of New England has decided that it would be weird to go out in our Betts and Benitendi apparel (now that we're going out again) and that that's the one to replace it with, relatively uninspiring as it may be. I'd go with Verdugo myself, but, eh, whatever.

I wonder if the Twins Enterprises guys have talked with the team about what Duran's number is going to be so that they can have boxes of shirseys ready to go.
   2. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: March 31, 2021 at 05:21 PM (#6010895)
Dodgers fans named Hernandez capitalized on an opportunity to pick up personalized jerseys for a fraction of normal price.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2021 at 05:31 PM (#6010900)
Why in the world is Bryce Harper still #4?** Kerhsaw strikes me as odd as well. Anybody know Kris Bryant's history on this list?

** Question from a guy who doesn't understand the Kardashian fascination at all.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 31, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6010907)
Altuve's showing is all the more impressive considering it takes 2 of his jerseys to equal one Aaron Judge jersey.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 31, 2021 at 06:05 PM (#6010908)
I must say that Kike ranking really sticks out. Every other guy on that list is either great, has been great or at least has had a period of greatness. Hernandez...not so much.
As much as I am a Red Sox fan, that would not be the jersey I'd be dropping $150 on(or whatever they cost)
   6. JJ1986 Posted: March 31, 2021 at 06:16 PM (#6010911)
I'm very surprised it's not more guys who recently changed teams.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6010924)
I think #2 is more likely to be correct, possibly with some Hernandez Red Sox fans included. (That is, the list presumably is the player and their current affiliation not necessarily which team's jersey sold.) Surely nobody in Boston is excited about Hernandez's arrival and, in terms of fandom, X and Devers and ERod have bigger local followings. It's also possible that by the time you get to #10, the sales are so low that the ordereing between, say, 8 and 50 is pretty random.

When I search "Kike Hernandez jersey sale", the pics I get are Dodgers jerseys. When I click on the MLB shop link the first jersey is Red Sox (priced at $135), followed by a Dodgers Hernandez t-shirt reduced to $20 and then a youth Dodgers Hernandez jersey priced at $80. There's also a good bit of Dodgers Hernandez WS stuff up and autographed Dodgers' jerseys for $300. (Really?)

When I search "Nolan Arenado jersey sale", the pics are all Cardinals gear. When I click through to MLB, the first 9 items are Cards' stuff (though a couple are "your name") then an "almost gone" on the Rox jersey (reduced to $80 from $135), followed by more Cards' stuff.

As a final test, I tried Jackie Bradley. This produces no pictures and the MLB link is all Boston.

So I'm guessing it's mostly Hernandez Dodgers' jerseys that were selling.

EDIT: obviously Google knows I'm in Oz, US searches might be more relevant.
   8. Cooper Nielson Posted: March 31, 2021 at 11:00 PM (#6010938)
Observation: For a guy who's only played 7 seasons in the majors, Kike Hernandez has a really long BB-Ref page.

His first year was split between two teams, so that adds a line or two in each batting section. His teams have been in 14 postseason series, each a separate line. He pitched once, so he has all the pitching sections. And then the fielding section is just ridiculously long, because he's played every defensive position except catcher, and he's done that almost every year. (His 2014 fielding stats take up 14 lines.)

Mercifully, the leaderboard section is still short.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2021 at 11:07 PM (#6010939)
Francisco Lindor, Mets
How many will self-immolate in a Lindor Mets jersey? Maybe they should be banned?
   10. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 01, 2021 at 05:33 AM (#6010949)
I'd go with Verdugo myself, but, eh, whatever.

Considering what that means in Spanish, folks might be avoiding it deliberately.
   11. Jay Seaver Posted: April 01, 2021 at 08:31 AM (#6010956)
It's come to my attention that Kiké Hernandez wears number 5 for the Red Sox, and given that "authentic" Red Sox home jerseys don't have names on the back, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that not all of them are his in spirit, in the same way that I bought my brother a David Price jersey a couple years back and said that the best part about it is that it can also be an Dwight Evans or Manny Ramirez jersey, depending on your mood.
   12. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 01, 2021 at 03:57 PM (#6011079)
No Ron Mexico?
   13. sunday silence (again) Posted: April 01, 2021 at 08:25 PM (#6011169)
It's come to my attention that Kiké Hernandez wears number 5 for the Red Sox, and given that "authentic" Red Sox home jerseys don't have names on the back, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that not all of them are his in spirit...

Garciappara fans?
   14. Jay Seaver Posted: April 01, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#6011176)
Dude is still popular here, and it always feels weird when someone gets his number. Not enough to put the jersey in the top 10, but it might give it a little boost on top of the Dodgers fans getting stuff on clearance.
   15. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: April 02, 2021 at 08:57 AM (#6011211)
Yeah, the Kike thing is weird and as Jay says Nomar is hugely popular still (actually probably more than when he was traded). Kike's jersey sticks out on that list though. I don't get that one at all.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:55 AM (#6011217)
Altuve's showing is all the more impressive considering it takes 2 of his jerseys to equal one Aaron Judge jersey.
The buzzer gives a nice massaging effect.

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