Tatis and Machado among the 20 most popular MLB jerseys in 2020

Tony Gwynn will always be Mr. Padre.

The Padres, however, have perhaps never been as popular as they are today.

At least not at the national level.

For the first time, of them Padres ranks among the top 20 most popular jerseys in MLB based on sales since the start of the 2020 season.

You guessed it: Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado.

And you even guessed the order: Tatis and then Machado.

The 21-year-old Padres shortstop debuted in the rankings at No. 4, followed by Machado at No. 12, marking the first time a Padre cracked the top 20 on the late roster. year. MLB began publishing this list in 2010, based on jersey sales from MLBShop.comthe official online store of Major League Baseball.

“I mean it’s really impressive,” Tatis said Friday afternoon. “Thank you to all the supporters. … I’m just thankful, thankful for that, and hopefully we can get to No. 1, if we keep playing hard and the right way.

Only Mookie Betts of the Dodgers, Aaron Judge of the Yankees and Bryce Harper of the Phillies bought more jerseys than Tatis in the Padres’ new maroon and gold scheme.

It was also only the second time that two players 21 or younger made the top five as the Nationals’ Juan Soto ranked just behind Tatis at No. 5.

Meanwhile, Machado signed up at No. 12 after finishing his freshman year in San Diego at No. 24. He finished as high as No. 4 in 2013, when he was a 21-year-old. with Orioles.

Only five other teams had two or more players on this year’s roster:

  • The Dodgers – Betts (1), Cody Bellinger (6), Clayton Kershaw (9);
  • The Yankees – Aaron Judge (2), Giancarlo Stanton (16) and Gerrit Cole (19);
  • The Nationals – Soto (5), Max Scherzer (7);
  • The Cubs – Javier Báez (8), Anthony Rizzo (13) and Kris Bryant (15);
  • The Braves – Ronald Acuña Jr. (10) and Freddie Freeman (20).

The Brewers’ Christian Yelich (11), Mike Trout of the Angels (14), Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (17) and Jose Altuve of the Astros (18) round out the top 20.

Neal T. Doss