It seems like the fact that New York Yankees’ star outfielder Aaron Judge missed almost half of the 2019 MLB season didn’t affect his popularity among baseball fans a bit. Major League Baseball revealed on Friday that Judge had the top-selling jersey for the third consecutive season.
Judge managed to claim the No.1 spot by beating out Philadelphia Phillies’ free-agent acquisition Bryce Harper. Harper previously became the athlete with the most sold jerseys in a single day when he inked a $330 deal with the Phillies.
Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs’ Javier Báez are ranked third and fourth respectively, while NL MVP Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) made it to the fifth spot. Yelich particularly made a big jump in jersey sales as he didn’t even crack the list last year.
Notable omissions this year include third baseman Manny Machado, who signed a $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres before the season start.
The top 20 list of best-selling jerseys in MLB includes 10 infielders, seven outfielders, two pitchers, and one catcher while having members of 12 different teams.