Trout ranks 10th in MLB jersey sales, behind Kiké Hernández; Dodgers Mookie Betts retain first place

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Mike Trout, the consensus best baseball player, ranked just 10th on Major League Baseball’s list of best-selling jerseys released Wednesday, behind even Boston Red Sox utility player Kiké Hernández.

Trout had the league’s fourth best-selling uniform two years ago, but the three-time MVP has slipped behind players who have recently played in the playoffs or changed teams. Trout’s Los Angeles Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014, and the 29-year-old signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal to stay with them ahead of the 2019 season.

Hernández is no slouch as a player, but his stat line barely suggests he would have the ninth most popular jersey in baseball. He batted .240 with 68 homers and showed valuable defensive versatility for six seasons with the defending World Series champion Dodgers, but his placement more likely reflects the charisma and colorful antics that made him a favorite of the fans in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old has seemingly been making waves in Boston since signing a two-year, $14 million deal this offseason. His total jersey sales include Boston and LA uniforms.

Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts retained the top spot, with teammate Cody Bellinger second. Los Angeles also placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw (fifth) and shortstop Corey Seager (13th) on the roster.

San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. placed third. The 22-year-old signed a 14-year, $340 million contract with the Padres this spring, allowing the budding superstar to spend most or all of his career there. J

The Phillies’ Bryce Harper ranked fourth, two years off the roster after leaving the Washington Nationals to sign a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia. Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, also a former top jersey salesman, placed sixth.

The New York Mets have three players in the top 20, led by new shortstop Francisco Lindor at No. 8. The Mets acquired Lindor from the Cleveland Indians via trade this offseason and tried to sign him for a long-term contract before he can become a free agent after the season. Lindor said he would not negotiate once the season begins. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom placed 18th and slugger Pete Alonso finished 20th.

Nolan Arenado also cracked the roster after switching teams, appearing at No. 11 after being traded from the Colorado Rockies to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Just a few years after dominating the list, the Chicago Cubs have only one player in the top 20 – shortstop Javier Báez at No. 12. Teammates Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant previously ranked among the league leaders for jersey sales, but fan interest has waned with all three players eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.

Reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves ranked 17th, with teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. seventh. AL MVP Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox was not on the list, nor was NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer (formerly Cincinnati Reds, now Dodgers) or AL winner Shane Bieber ( Cleveland Indians).

Neal T. Doss