Three Dodgers among top 10 best-selling MLB jerseys – Inside the Dodgers

The MLB jersey market is lucrative and Lids, a memorabilia company licensed to sell MLB gear, released its list of top 10 best-selling jerseys last week. Among the top 10 were two current Dodgers and a former Brooklyn star.

Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts took the top spot on the list, the only top-five jersey representing a player who played this year. Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr. took second and third place, while the fourth best seller belongs to Fernando Tatis Jr., who missed the entire 2022 season with a series of self-inflicted injuries. , some literal (broken wrist from a motocross accident), and some figurative (PED suspension).

Fifth place belongs to Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson, whose number 42 jersey is the only one retired from Major League Baseball. Jackie is followed by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, whose jersey is also available in adult sizes.

Cody Bellinger comes in at number seven, perhaps the most surprising name on the list. Bellinger is charismatic, handsome, and a former MVP, but he’s also been pretty bad for a few years now. It remains popular, however, at least in jersey sales.

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The bottom three spots on the top 10 list are two Hall of Famers sandwiching an outstanding young player. Roberto Clemente is eighth, Ronald Acuna Jr. is ninth and Nolan Ryan is tenth.

It’s hard to quibble with any of them, but you have to wonder if it concerns MLB that only half of their top 10 are active players. You could probably make a case both ways, whether it’s a fan base that appreciates baseball history or a lack of current marketable stars. It’s also worth noting that neither Mike Trout nor Shohei Ohtani managed to crack the top 10.

Neal T. Doss