The top of the list of best-selling jerseys since the All-Star break is not surprising. But the names which follow him suggest that, contrary to popular opinion, baseball will not be devoid of stars once Jeter retires.
MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2nd Half
Based on sales on MLB.com/Shop of Majestic jerseys since the 2014 All-Star break
1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
5. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
7. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics/Boston Red Sox*
10. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
11. Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim
12. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
13. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
14. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
16. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
17. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
18. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
19. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Numbers 2 through 5 are stars who will be around a good long while. As are 7, 9, 12 and 16-20. But sure, baseball is devoid of players anyone has heard of before.
The Brewers were in first place for something like five months. That and fifty cents gets them a bag of chips and a chance to watch everyone else in the postseason, because today they were eliminated.
The Reds beat the Brewers 5-3 behind six effective innings from a person named David Holmberg, who I am pretty sure is not a real baseball player as opposed to an elaborate put-on, but I can’t prove that. Jay Bruce went 3 for 4. Brandon Phillips homered. Yovani Gallardo gave up ten hits in five innings.
What’s worse: doing about as well as everyone expected you to do before the season, finishing in fourth place and never really contending, or doing what the Brewers did in defying everyone’s expectations and spending almost all of the season at or near the top of the division? Is it better to just miss the stars or never leave orbit? Better to burn out or to fade away?
Maybe it doesn’t matter. Either way, the Brewers will be home for October.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros have asked the Dbacks permission to interview Phil Nevin for their managerial job. Nevin is currently the manager for the Dbacks Triple-A team in Reno.
Nevin has a lot of minor league managing experience. He served three seasons at Triple-A Toledo before Arizona hired him before this season. Heck, if Kirk Gibson gets fired, he may have a shot at the Dbacks top job too.
Oh, and in keeping with the news of the day: Nevin was the number one overall pick in the 1992 draft. A few slots ahead of Derek Jeter. Which caused some consternation at the time, and especially since.
Today Jenna and I talk about — who else? — Derek Jeter.
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Yesterday Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Dbacks had offered Dave Stewart their GM job. It looks like it’s all signed and sealed now:
They are also getting a well-respected Dodgers assistant in the deal:
No word on whether Watson was hired because is familiar with the Dodgers’ strategies for attacking the pool at Chase Field, now enabling the Dbacks to better defend it.