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MLB's most popular jerseys revealed
By Mark Newman
Aaron Judge has the highest number in all of Major League Baseball, and this time we are talking about total sales of his No. 99 Yankees jersey.
MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.
It marks the first time an outfielder has taken the honor, and only the second time a rookie has finished an MLB season with the most popular jersey. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, whose jersey is the second-most popular of 2017, also had the top-seller of '16 and '15 (his rookie campaign). MLB and the MLBPA have released these rankings since '10.
Judge set the rookie home run record in 2017, won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, led American League All-Star voting, earned his own robed fan section at Yankee Stadium, and pushed the Yankees into the postseason as a bona fide AL MVP Award candidate.
His "ALL RISE" nickname, which he wore on his back for the inaugural Players Weekend in August, resulted in a fair number of those jersey sales. Judge joins Derek Jeter (six times) and Mariano Rivera (once) as Yankees who have topped a Most Popular Jerseys ranking.
"I'm just really appreciative," Judge said of his fan support.
Seven of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 players on the current list will participate in the postseason, which gets underway on Tuesday at 8 p.m ET, when Judge's Yankees host the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game.
The average age of the top 10 players is 27. Players representing 13 clubs make up the top 20, which is comprised of 10 infielders, five outfielders, three catchers and two pitchers. Four members of the defending World Series champion Cubs made the top 14, and the Dodgers(104-58) also had three in the top 20 while building the Majors' best regular season record.
Jersey leaders through the years
MLB and the MLBPA issued the first official Most Popular Jerseys rankings in 2011, based on sales for all of '10. Since then, lists have been announced at fairly regular intervals. Here is a history of the top-ranked jerseys and the timing of release, formerly dominated by a certain No. 2 in the Bronx.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.