NEW YORK – Mookie Betts and reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers have four of the top 10 best-selling jerseys in MLB this season.
Betts’ number 50 claimed first place for the second year in a row after it was acquired before the 2020 season from the Boston Red Sox. He was joined in the top 10 by teammates Clayton Kershaw (5), Cody Bellinger (6) and World Series MVP Corey Seager (8). Kershaw and Seager will become free agents.
Betts was followed at number two by Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed a $ 340 million, 14-year contract to stay with San Diego.
Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves was third despite a season-ending knee injury in July, while Javier Baez finished fourth with combined sales of his Chicago Cubs and Mets jerseys.
Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani finished ninth after one of the most notable seasons in baseball history. The AL MVP favorite had 46 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS at the plate. Similarly, he is 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who led the MLB in jersey sales for three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019, ranked seventh. Nolan Arenado was 10th in his first season with St. Louis after a trade from Colorado, followed by Phillies star Bryce Harper in 11th place.
Anthony Rizzo, traded midseason from the Cubs to the Yankees, ranked 12th with his combined total. Angels star Mike Trout followed.
The rankings published by MLB and MLB Players, Inc., are based on sales of Nike jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.