Fernando Tatis Jr. No. 2 in baseball jersey sales; 4 Dodgers in the top 10

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers had four of Major League Baseball’s 10 best-selling jerseys this season.

The Betts’ No. 50 uniform won first place for the second straight year after being acquired prior to the 2020 season by the Boston Red Sox. He is joined in the top 10 by teammates Clayton Kershaw at five, Cody Bellinger at six and World Series MVP Corey Seager at eight. Kershaw and Seager are set to become free agents.

Betts was followed at No. 2 by Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed a 14-year, $340 million deal to stay with San Diego ahead of the season and then worked his way into the heart of the NL MVP race. Tatis’ teammate Manny Machado also remained a league favorite, ranking 14th on the list.

Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves finished third despite a season-ending knee injury in July, while Javier Báez finished fourth with combined sales of his Cubs and Mets jerseys after being traded to New York at the mid-season.

Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani finished ninth after one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history. The favorite AL MVP had 46 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS at the plate and also went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who led MLB in jersey sales for three straight years from 2017 to 2019, ranked seventh. Nolan Arenado finished 10th in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals after a trade from Colorado, followed by Phillies star Bryce Harper at 11th.

Anthony Rizzo, traded mid-season from the Cubs to the Yankees, ranked 12th with his combined total. He was followed by Angels star Mike Trout, who cracked the roster despite only playing 36 games due to a calf injury.

The rankings released Monday by MLB and MLB Players, Inc. are based on MLBShop.com’s Nike jersey sales since opening day.

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Neal T. Doss