Jeter Tops MLB Jersey Sales Halfway Through Final Yankees SeasonEben Novy-Williams
Derek Jeter has Major League Baseball’s top-selling jersey halfway through his 20th and final season with the New York Yankees.
The 40-year-old shortstop’s No. 2 jersey has been the top seller at MLB’s online shop since Opening Day. He’s followed by Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, baseball said today in an e-mailed statement.
Majestic Athletic is the official uniform supplier of MLB. Baseball doesn’t provide financial figures or say how many of the jerseys were sold.
Twelve of the top 20 jerseys are from players 27 years old or younger, tied for the most since MLB began releasing the rankings in 2010. The Dodgers are the only team with more than two players in the top 20, with outfielder Yasiel Puig at No. 9 and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu at No. 18.
Now ninth all-time in career hits, Jeter is batting .270 this season with two home runs and 24 runs batted in. Next week in Minnesota he will make his 14th All-Star Game appearance.
Pending retirement typically boosts merchandise sales. Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera had baseball’s highest-selling jersey over the second half of last season, his 19th and final year in New York.