Jeter tops list of best-selling jerseys for second half of season

Jeter tops list of best-selling jerseys for second half of season

The sight of so many No. 2 jerseys in the stands at Yankee Stadium this week probably said it all, but Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association made it official on Thursday by jointly announcing that Derek Jeter will bow out with one last nod atop the top-20 most popular player jerseys list he traditionally has dominated.

No. 2 was No. 1 again on the list of best-selling Majestic Athletic sales at the MLB.com Shop in the second half of this season, just as it was when the first-half list was announced around in July. The Yankees' captain's jersey has been as hot as ever, as he approaches retirement in a matter of days.

"It always feels good any time the fans respect how you play," Jeter said after a previous top ranking. "It's never something you think about, but you definitely take it as a huge compliment."

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Top-selling jerseys for the second half of the 2014 season
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees
2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
3. Mike Trout, Angels
4. Buster Posey, Giants
5. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
6. David Ortiz, Red Sox
7. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
8. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
9. Yoenis Cespedes, A's/Red Sox
10. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
11. Albert Pujols, Angels
12. Manny Machado, Orioles
13. Robinson Cano, Mariners
14. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
15. Adam Jones, Orioles
16. Josh Donaldson, A's
17. Anthony Rendon, Nationals
18. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
19. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

A word of caution for the forthcoming holiday shopping season, however: All good things must end. The MLB.com Shop will continue to stock Jeter jerseys as Majestic produces them, but you might want to act sooner than later, because the usual holiday demand could mean sizes gradually go out of stock across the various styles. And when they're out, they're out.

Following Jeter in order on the list are Clayton Kershaw of Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Angels, Buster Posey of the Giants and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers. In other words, life beyond Jeter on this list appears to take a decidedly Western swing. Kershaw and Trout both are ranked higher than on any previous list.

Rounding out the top 10 are David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox (July sales with the A's were included) and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox.

Albert Pujols of the Angels is No. 11, followed in order by Manny Machado of the Orioles, Robinson Cano of the Mariners, Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, Adam Jones of the Orioles, Josh Donaldson of the A's, Anthony Rendon of the Nationals, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers.

A number of young stars make their first appearance in the top 20, including Jones, Donaldson, Rendon and Lucroy. Five players on the list -- Trout, Puig, Machado, Rendon and Rizzo -- are age 25 or younger.

Players representing 14 clubs make up the top 20 (including eight clubs in the top 10), with only the Dodgers (Kershaw, Puig and Ryu) having as many as three players on the list. It is an international list, with nine of the 20 from outside of the United States, including three from Asia. The top 20 includes nine infielders, five outfielders, three catchers, two pitchers and one designated hitter.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.