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Jeter tops list of best-selling MLB jerseys

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At the end of the regular season, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the year’s highest-selling jerseys. I’ve had this list sitting in a draft post for weeks, just waiting for a slow day. And outside of the Mets and Blue Jays, today qualifies as a slow day. Derek Jeter is at the top — no surprise — with Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano also making the Top 10. Here’s the announcement, along with the Top 20 sellers.

With the MLB Postseason rapidly approaching, the current list of most popular MLB jerseys mirrors the top of the standings, as players on Postseason contenders dominate the list. 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.

Six players, including Ichiro, Harper, Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish and Chipper Jones, 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. 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.

MLB Most Popular Jerseys
Based on sales of Majestic jerseys since the 2012 All-Star break

1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
3. Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees
4. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
5. Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
8. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves
9. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
10. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
11. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
12. David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
13. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
14. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
15. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
16. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
17. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
18. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
19. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
20. Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays

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67 Responses to “Jeter tops list of best-selling MLB jerseys”

  1. tucker December 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Albert Pujols did not crack the top 20?

  2. yankeefeminista December 17th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Der-ek Jet-ah!

  3. jmills December 17th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    YF, don’t get so excited! :)

  4. yankeefeminista December 17th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Just putting on my Stadium game face. :) If you’ve been to Yankee Stadium you would recognize that Jeter serenade, complete with NY accent.

  5. The Return of Stoneburner December 17th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Does this include international sales? Just curious – b/c in the resigning Ichiro debate, it was brought up that Darvish is now more popular than Ichiro in Japan. The sales of jerseys is one way to measure that number. I have not seen any other poll as of yet that Darvish is more popular, other than opinion at this point. Just curious again – - – -

  6. BD (Boston Dave) December 17th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I think Peter Gammons said that Jose Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco are the most popular players in Japan.

  7. Jerkface December 17th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The sales of jerseys is one way to measure that number. I have not seen any other poll as of yet that Darvish is more popular, other than opinion at this point. Just curious again – – – -

    Here is where that info is from:

    BRANDED NAME: Darvish reportedly generates the highest amount of advertising revenue in Japan – creating a rumored $258 million in January alone, according to NMA World Edition.

    http://rangersblog.dallasnews......edly.html/

  8. blake December 17th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    The Yanks could have had the top 3…. Alas

  9. Jerkface December 17th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanreal.....ers-goods/

    According to this article Darvish was selling more Jerseys in Japan than ichiro, but Ichiro’s move to the Yankees increased his jersey sales from fans both trying to get mariners replicas before they ran out & new fans wanting to purchase Yankees jerseys. The head of Majestic’s japanese division says the Yankees are the most popular team, which increases Ichiro’s sales.

    Ergo Darvish on the Yankees = $$$

    We could have had Darvish & Ichiro = $$$$$$$$$$

  10. Chip December 17th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Patrick December 17th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I think the Bourn idea is that the Yankees would rather have Bourn than Granderson, not necessarily Bourn over Gardner.

    More like, you’d rather have Bourn + whatever you get for Granderson than Granderson.
    ———————-

    Actually, I would pass on Bourn if I could get Murphy and Olt for Granderson. Just shift Garnder to CF and play Murphy and Ichiro in the corners.

    But I make no apologies that I think the smart play here is to deal Granderson. They aren’t going to re-sign him, he still can’t differentiate between a ball and a strike, since he doesn’t get on base his speed is useless and he’s dropping off defensively in CF. If I can get useful players for him, I jump on that deal before the other GM comes to his senses.

  11. Chip December 17th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    And keep in mind, I say this as someone who was thrilled with the trade to get Granderson and still would have made it.

  12. RadioKev December 17th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Do we have any reason to believe the Rangers would deal with the Yankees?

  13. austinmac December 17th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Chip,

    The other GMs may see Granderson as you do. I wonder if NYS causes others to view home run numbers as most do of Coors’ numbers.

  14. pat December 17th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Jon Morosi?@jonmorosi
    Polled 20 scouts and execs tonight, asked them to pick AL East winner if season started today: TOR-13, NYY-5, TB-1, BAL-1, BOS-0.

    Jon Morosi?@jonmorosi
    I should add that none of those 20 scouts and execs come from AL East clubs.

  15. Against All Odds December 17th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    lol @ the Jets

  16. Triple Short of a Cycle December 17th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    What will WFAN talk about now that the Jets have been eliminated? 20+ hours of dead air?

  17. Nick in SF December 17th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Wow the Jets looked awful. Brutally bad. Changes to come?

  18. pkyankfan69 December 17th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Tebow was 0-1 passing and still had a higher QB rating (39.6) than Mark Sanchez (32.6)…. That was one UGLY game.

  19. Nilsson December 17th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I don’t know which is worse, the butt fumble or the 4 TOs tonight. I actually feel sorry for Sanchez.

  20. Against All Odds December 18th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    The exact opposite Triple its going to be wall to wall Jet talk

  21. Nick in SF December 18th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    eboland11 Understand Chargers/Jets has been flexed into the 2013 preseason

  22. Cashmoney December 18th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I am pretty sure every parents want their kids to grow up with Jeter’s maturity and class.

  23. jacksquat December 18th, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I don’t know if jersey sales indicate popularity. Darvish just hit the USA, so naturally a lot of people are going to now want his new jersey. Ichiro has been around a long time, many already have his jersey (and may not want a new one).

  24. jacksquat December 18th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    pat December 17th, 2012 at 11:28 pm
    Jon Morosi?@jonmorosi
    Polled 20 scouts and execs tonight, asked them to pick AL East winner if season started today: TOR-13, NYY-5, TB-1, BAL-1, BOS-0.

    Jon Morosi?@jonmorosi
    I should add that none of those 20 scouts and execs come from AL East clubs.

    So, we’re the underdogs!

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 18th, 2012 at 5:20 am

    OT – I’m watching CNN and they have reported that Dick’s Sporting Goods has suspended sale of all assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons; President Obama has directed his Cabinet to formulate changes that could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles; and a CBS poll taken has reported that 47% of all Americans believe that what happened at Sandy Hook indicates a deeper problem with society at large, up from the 23% taken after the Aurora shootings.

    And for randy, mick, myself, and a number of others here, some semblance of relief and hope.
    God bless America.

  26. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 6:35 am

    tucker December 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    Albert Pujols did not crack the top 20?
    —————————

    I would have said ‘Angels fans don’t appear to buy jerseys’, except Trout came out so high on the list. I suppose a home-grown uber talent is more popular than a declining (and early season slumping) mercenary superstar.

  27. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 6:39 am

    RadioKev December 17th, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    Do we have any reason to believe the Rangers would deal with the Yankees?
    —————————————

    I don’t see why not – seem to have a decent relationship and I imagine that they will do whatever they can to improve their team, especially since they (Texas) are clearly a team that could win it all now and might as well go for it.

    As for whether other teams shy away from Granderson because of the SO numbers and possibly role of NYS in his HR numbers. You have to assume that the rest of baseball can see that he has major question marks (not to mention his play in the OF). But if a team really needs an outfielder he would be one of the better options available, and a lot cheaper than a young start like Upton.

  28. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Adding up predicted WAR for the Jays gives them 94 wins for 2013……I think that’s possible and aloe think that probably wins the division .

    The Jays need to stay healthy and have Morrow bounce back but on paper they do look like the strongest and deepest team right now….

  29. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Blake–

    So that would mean 21 more wins this season. The Orioles gained 24 wins last season but they accomplished that mainly due to late inning and extra inning wins from a lockdown bullpen.

    Have the Jays made any significant additions to their bullpen?

  30. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Not really….the jays pen is a bit of a chink in the armor maybe…but their rotation and lineups are much deeper than last year and they should have Bautista back.

    Hard to see how they won’t be good unless they have big injuries like last year…

  31. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    If I were a Jays fan, I’d certainly be very excited. Added significant speed and can now throw a knuckleball pitcher between two fastball pitchers, Johnson and Morrow, to really make the hitters timing an issue.

    Still feel the Yankees primary need is a catcher, that will do a better job behind the plate than Stewart or Cervelli. Any ideas? Is Pierzynski really that bad defensively? Any other FA catchers out there that would be better?

  32. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    “Is Pierzynski really that bad defensively”

    He’s no worse than what they have ….They have to get a catcher

  33. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:47 am
    “Is Pierzynski really that bad defensively”

    He’s no worse than what they have ….They have to get a catcher
    —————————————

    Not that it means much, but at least Cervelli has been hitting well in winter ball. In 18 games he is at .327/.460/.571. Small sample size, and he was not good at AAA last season, but we can always hope…

  34. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The only catcher the Yanks have that you could say is at least average defensively is Stewart….. cervelli is below average and Romine is a rookie so who knows….he’s a good receiver but has zero big league experience .

  35. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Granderson-

    “It’s interesting to know that that’s coming,” Granderson said of free agency. “It’s amazing just to look back and where I’ve been, where I’m at right now, and know that time is approaching. I’m excited for it. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, something I’ve never had to deal with. But I’ll just get ready for it and accept all of the changes and challenges that come with it.”

    Will the Yankees finally find a team to trade him to and get a decent player and prospect? Or do they live with the possibility of continued high strikeouts, inability to beat the shift, reduced use speed on basepaths, and just hope for the 40+ homers before letting him go via FA, just to get a pick, if they even offer him a qualifying offer.

  36. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hitting isn’t Cervelli’s problem though….he always could probably hit well enough to at least be passable if he was a decent defender…..but his defense was so bad last year and he’s so all over the place back there that they didn’t even carry him as the back up in 2012…..

  37. blake December 18th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    “Will the Yankees finally find a team to trade him to and get a decent player and prospect?”

    I think that largely depends on if Cashman can find an outfielder to replace him with…..

  38. Mike Ri December 18th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Its amazing how we haven’t signed Pierzynski….

  39. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Mike Ri says:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:58 am
    Its amazing how we haven’t signed Pierzynski….

    My guess is he’s holding on wanting 2 years and Cashman is holding on 1…..

    Personally I think there is no way they can start 2013
    Without adding a catcher…..it would make zero sense to spend all this money on 1 year deals and then basically just punt maybe the most important position on the field…..

  40. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Stewart had 8 passed balls in limited playing time. I truly believe one of the reasons Cervelli was sent down last season was because he was terrible at framing pitches-was too fidgety behind the plate.

    Any catchers that now might become available thru trade?

  41. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    YT – Granderson would definitely get a qualifying offer, no? Given how much money is going to outfielders in their first FA contracts. You have to assume that he would want a minimum of 3/$35M and is probably looking optimistically at 4/$60m. Victorino got 3/$39m and Hunter got 2/$26m. Upton is younger, but got 5/$75m. So I don’t see how a 1 year offer at $14m or so would be accepted b Granderson.

  42. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    “Any catchers that now might become available thru trade?”

    Carlos Santana is the big fish that comes to mind but the cost for him might be prohibitive.

    I asked yesterday if maybe the mets would let is borrow Buck for the year since they are going to suck and not need him in 2013

  43. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    What would it take to sign Pierzynski to a 1 year deal? $10m?

  44. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Grandy will definately get the Q offer unless he just falls off big time in 2013…..

    The Yankees will however have to be more careful when making these offers next winter because the budget is gonna be very tight and they may not be able to take the chance on guys accepting it and pushing them over the limit…..Hughes, Kuroda, and Granderson all could be candidates….

  45. PacoDooley December 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:06 am
    “Any catchers that now might become available thru trade?”

    Carlos Santana is the big fish that comes to mind but the cost for him might be prohibitive.
    —————————–

    I don’t want to see them use their best trade chips for a catcher given that they have a few decent ones in the system – better to plug a hole and hope that Romine and Sanchez can fill the hole eventually.

    By the way. what about J.R. Murphy, is he done as a C prospect?

  46. MTU December 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good morning Early Birds.

    Are we there yet ?

    :)

  47. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    PacoDooley says:
    December 18, 2012 at 8:06 am
    What would it take to sign Pierzynski to a 1 year deal? $10m?

    I’m thinking more like 12 or 13….if you’re his agent and you saw that they gave Youkallis 12 then I think you have to demand at least that if not more

  48. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    “I don’t want to see them use their best trade chips for a catcher given that they have a few decent ones in the system – better to plug a hole and hope that Romine and Sanchez can fill the hole eventually.”

    Is just have to see the price for Santana….but yea i tend to agree. I think AJP would be a great stop gap type to pair with Romine in 2013 and then you just hope Romjne can take the reigns in 2014 then add Sanchez to the mix later

  49. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    From yesterday-

    The Mets are closing in on adding an outfielder, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Puma’s source tells him that the player hasn’t previously been linked to the Mets (Twitter links). Puma doesn’t specify if the acquisition would come via free agency or trade. New York has previously been linked to Cody Ross, which seems to rule him out.

  50. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    You’d think the three main teams in the mix for AJP are the ChiSox , the Yanks , and the Rangers…..and you just haven’t heard a ton about him.

    Still some pretty good players out there unsigned this late….

  51. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    The moves may not work out but Sandy Alderson has aquired 3 top prospects for 3 monts of Carlos Beltean and 1 year of RA Dickey in the last 2 years…..that’s workin it

  52. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    The Rangers could make up for the lost production of losing Hamilton by signing both Swisher and one of LaRoche or Pierzynski.

    I wonder if Hal is done spending significant dollars on even one year contracts, since after Ichiro signs, the Yankees will likely pass the opening 2012 payroll of nearly 210M and maybe the closing 2012 payroll of around 220M.

  53. MTU December 18th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Blake-

    That’s true but the Mets were in need of a lot of help after the Omar Minaya disaster.

    They still have a long way to go.

    Meanwhile. Back at the Ranch. Where is OUR Xmas present ?

    ;)

  54. AAA December 18th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I’m thinking more like 12 or 13….if you’re his agent and you saw that they gave Youkallis 12 then I think you have to demand at least that if not more

    ===============================

    Agreed. Seems to be a premium to be paid for one year deals for average players like Pierzynski, Youkilis, etc.

    I’m ambivalent on the idea of signing AJP. He’s probably the best available C right now, but at the same time, there’s zero question that last season was an outlier and the Yankees would be paying significant cash for a guy who is more likely to be a .730 OPS guy than the .830 OPS guy he was last year.

  55. AAA December 18th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The moves may not work out but Sandy Alderson has aquired 3 top prospects for 3 monts of Carlos Beltean and 1 year of RA Dickey in the last 2 years…..that’s workin it

    ==============================

    Yep. He’s done well there. Still, probably going to require new ownership to see that organization really go anywhere.

  56. AAA December 18th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Any catchers that now might become available thru trade?

    ==============================

    J. Saltalamacchia

  57. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    In the AL, these teams have gotten better so far,for 2013, or at least not gotten worse. Feel free to add.

    Blue Jays
    Royals
    Tigers
    A’s
    Angels
    Orioles

    I suspect the Rangers are not done adding. If the Yankees don’t make any significant moves will they get to the same 93 wins it took to gain a wild card spot or are we looking at the Tigers, Angels, A’s, Blue Jays, Rangers and maybe the Orioles as the 6 teams favored, who make it?

  58. MTU December 18th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The Royals and the Jays have done some controversial things this OS.

    They have traded away some of their best prospects in an effort to help compete now and become more relevant.

    Only time will tell if the moves were worthwhile or foolish.

    I think striking the middle gound is where the Yankees should be at.

    Trade some. Hold some.

    IMO it’s ridiculous to try and keep them all.

    A waste of resources.

    And it is equally ridiculous to trade away the entire Farm with a win-now menatlity driving it.

    You have to save some of the seed corn for future plantings.

    Hope the Yankees can find the sweet spot between the two.

    :)

  59. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I wonder if Hal is done spending significant dollars on even one year contracts, since after Ichiro signs”

    Possibly unless they move Granderson to clear money…..but again I ask if they are gonna cap it now then why waste 12 million for a broken down Youkallis while you leave the catcher position empty?

  60. blake December 18th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    “I’m ambivalent on the idea of signing AJP. He’s probably the best available C right now, but at the same time, there’s zero question that last season was an outlier and the Yankees would be paying significant cash for a guy who is more likely to be a .730 OPS guy than the .830 OPS guy he was last year.”

    Yea he will certainly regress….but they need a legit big league starting catcher and he’s at least one if those…..

  61. MTU December 18th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Blake-

    The Yankees definitely need 1 more OF’er.

    They can try to get by with the Catchers they have.

    As you know I’ve been all in on AJ P form the beginning of the OS.

    I’d love to get Ruiz as an alternative.

    Cashman is scoping out the Market and wating to see what else might fall into his lap.

    No telling what, or if, anything will.

    He is a patient hunter. Has to be with the restrictions placed upon him.

    ;)

  62. Yankee Trader December 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    New Post——->

  63. The Return of Stoneburner December 18th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Ichiro brings in an estimated $7 million annually from endorsement deals in his native Japan – via Forbes (and it appears these endorsements were pre-Yankees)

    For comparison – Jeter brings in 9 million annually.

    I have been trying to find out how much Darvish brings in – - – -

  64. FreeAgentSignee December 19th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Go Derek!
    Go Yankees!

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