NEW YORK — Mookie Bates and the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers had four of the top 10 selling jerseys in Major League Baseball this season.
Bates’ No. 50 uniform claimed the top spot for the second consecutive year after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox prior to the 2020 season. He was joined in the top 10 by teammate Clayton Kershaw in five, Cody Bellinger in six, and World Series MVP Corey Seeger in eight. Kershaw and Seager are set to become free agents.
Bates was second only to Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed a $340 million, 14-year deal to stay with San Diego before the season and then move on to the NL MVP race.
Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves was third in July despite a knee injury, while Javier Baez was fourth with a combined sale of his Cubs and Mets jerseys when he was traded to New York midseason.
Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani finished ninth after one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history. The AL MVP favorites had 46 homers, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS on the plate and went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.
Yankees Aaron Judge, who led MLB in jersey sales for three consecutive years from 2017-19, is in seventh place. Nolan Arenado was 10th in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals following a trade from Colorado, followed by Phillies star Bryce Harper in 11th.
Anthony Rizzo, traded midway from the Cubs to the Yankees, finished 12th with his combined total. He was followed by Angels star Mike Trout, who made the list despite playing just 36 games due to a calf injury.
MLB and MLB Players, Inc. The rankings released Monday are based on sales of Nike jerseys from MLBshop.com since day one.
mlb jersey sales ranking
- Mookie Bates, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
- Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braveso
- Xavier Baez, New York Mets*
- Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
- Corey Seeger, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
- Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
- Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
- Anthony Rizzo, New York Yankees*
- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
- Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
- Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
- Jose Altuve, Houston Astroso
- Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
- Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
- Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
* Includes combined sales of past and current teams