The jersey of New York Yankees’ All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter was the biggest seller in Major League Baseball last year as he surpassed the 3,000-hit plateau.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee’s jersey ranked second and Albert Pujols’s was third, Major League Baseball and its players’ association said in a joint statement. Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title before signing with the Los Angeles Angels in December and both teams’ jerseys were reflected in the year’s figures.
The Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton ranked fourth, followed by the Phillies’ Roy Halladay, San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum and the Boston Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was eighth, followed by Hunter Pence, who played for both the Houston Astros and Phillies. The Giants’ Buster Posey completed the top 10.
Jeter, the Yankees’ captain, batted .297 with six home runs and 61 runs batted in last season, his 17th as a major-leaguer. After signing a contract extension the previous offseason, Jeter had five hits on July 9 to become the 28th player in major-league history to surpass 3,000 for his career.