He is best known as #2, but according to Major League Baseball, Derek Jeter is #1 when it comes to jersey sales, this season. According to Mark Newman of MLB /.com, Derek Jeter's, New York Yankees Jersey is the most popular in all of baseball.
On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association released it's annual list of the most popular jerseys in baseball. The numbers were based on Majestic sales at the MLB.com shop since Opening Day. Jeter who is retiring at the end of this season, has seen an uptick in his jersey sales this year. As popular as Jeter has always been with Yankee fans, this season has seen a change in sales, as fans all over America have bought his jersey. It has been evident in ballparks across the country as fans don his jersey in tribute to the captain.
"It always feels good anytime the fans respect how you play," Jeter said after previously being ranked atop the sales list. "It's never something you think about, but you definitely take it as a huge compliment." Jeter has always had high jersey sales, but topping the list in his 20th and final season is a true testament to his popularity and admiration by the fans.
In June, Jeter was followed by the LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco Giants Buster Posey. While Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Angels, rounded out the top five.
Following Jeter in the top 10 for the season are Posey, Kershaw, David Ortiz (Red Sox), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox), Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Trout, David Wright (Mets), Puig and Miguel Cabrera (TIgers). Jeter's teammate, Masahiro Tanaka, also ranked in the Top 20 in sales. The list represents a big rise in international sales, with nine of the top 20 players coming from outside the United States.
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