Dodgers and Ohtani mark the most popular MLB jerseys

By Barry Janoff

October 4, 2021: The Los Angeles Dodgers failed to win their division title this season against the San Francisco Giants, but the team won the title of MLB’s Most Popular Jerseys.

For the second straight season, Dodgers All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts had the most popular player’s jersey in MLB based on Nike jersey sales since Opening Day 2021 on MLBShop.com.

The Dodgers had four players in the Top 8, including No. 5 Clayton Kershaw, No. 6 Cody Bellinger and No. 8 Corey Seager.

Overall, Southern California topped the Top 15, which also included No. 2 Fernando Tatis Jr., (San Diego Padres), No. 9 Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels), No. 13 Mike Trout (Angels) and No. 14 Manny Machado, (Chaplains).

Additionally, for the first time, MLB’s four most popular player jerseys were worn by players from four different countries and territories: Betts (USA), Tatis Jr. (Dominican Republic), Acuña Jr. (Venezuela) and number 4 Javier. Báez (Puerto Rico), according to the league.

Tatis, 22, became the youngest player in history to rank in the top two most popular players’ jerseys and is the highest-ranked Padres player in the ten years since MLB and MLB Players, Inc. began posting jersey sales charts, according to MLB.

Acuña Jr. had the highest ranking for an Atlanta Braves player in the ten years since MLB and MLB Players, Inc. began publishing jersey sales charts.

Meanwhile, Ohtani is the first Japanese player to make multiple appearances in the Top 10 most popular jerseys, after his number 8 in his first year (2018).

Among those missing from the Top 20 Most Popular MLB Jerseys 2020 last season were Max Scherzer, Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole and Freddie Freeman.

MLB did not share online sales numbers.

Most Popular MLB 2021 Jerseys

1. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
3. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
4. Javier Baez, New York Mets*
5. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
8. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
9. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
10. Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
11. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
12. Anthony Rizzo, New York Yankees*
13. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
14. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
15. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
16. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
17. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
18. Yadier Molina, Cardinals of St. Louis
19. Jacob de Grom, New York Mets
20. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

*Combined sales of previous and current teams

Most Popular MLB 2020 Jerseys

1. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
3. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
4. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
5. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
6. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
9. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
11. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
12. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
13. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
14. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
15. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
16. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
17. Yadier Molina, Cardinals of St. Louis
18. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
19. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
20. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Source: MLB

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