Major League Baseball released on Thursday its list of the top selling jerseys from the second half of the season. The top three are a few of baseball's biggest headline-makers since July. The guy at No. 1, well, it's another day, another honor for him.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tops the list, which makes sense since his legendary career is coming to end in just a few days. In fact, Thursday is his final game at Yankee Stadium. You can bet that those No. 42 jerseys will be out in force.
Matt Harvey and Yasiel Puig were second and third on the list, two breakout stars of 2013 who prove again what we all know — that New York and Los Angeles are the cities where stars are made. Another youngster, Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles, was fourth on the list while Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, who was No. 1 on the first half list, was No. 5 in the second half.
Here are some factoids about the top 20 list via MLB PR:
Young stars dominate the list, as the top 20 features 16 players age 30 or younger, including five – Harvey, Puig, Machado, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper – age 24 or younger. Three players having breakout seasons – Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks – cracked the top 20 for the first time.
Players representing 13 different Clubs make up the top 20 (including nine different Clubs in the top 10), with only the Dodgers (Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu) and the Yankees (Rivera, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano) having as many as three players on the list. The top 20 includes 16 players who were All-Stars this year, nine infielders, five outfielders, four pitchers and two catchers.
Whose jersey are you wearing these days?