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.
Tampa Bay has called up switch-hitting infielder Nick Franklin, whom the Rays acquired from the Mariners on July 31 in the three-team trade revolving around David Price.
Franklin hit just .210 in 27 games at Triple-A following the trade, but he came up with some big hits during the International League playoffs and the out-of-contention Rays will want to get a look at him to evaluate for next season.
Franklin was in line to be the Mariners’ starting second baseman until they signed Robinson Cano for $240 million, at which point they tried him at shortstop and in the outfield before ultimately deciding to ship him to the Rays.
He’s struggled mightily in the majors so far, but Franklin is still just 23 years old, can handle second base defensively and could also potentially be useful at other positions, and has generally hit well at Double-A and Triple-A. Expect him to have a sizable role in Tampa Bay next season.
The Athletics’ incredible slide continued last night, as they fell 4-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales, and Logan Morrison all homered for Seattle. James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings to get the victory. The A’s made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning by getting two on with nobody out, but closer Fernando Rodney was able to retire the next three batters to work out of the jam and lock down the win.
Amazingly, the Athletics have now lost 22 out of their last 31 games and sit just a half-game in front of the Mariners for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The series will continue tonight with Sonny Gray going for Oakland and Felix Hernandez on the hill for Seattle.
Your Friday box scores:
Athletics 2, Mariners 4
Yankees 1, Orioles 2 (11 innings)/Yankees 0, Orioles 5
Marlins 1, Phillies 3 (10 innings)
Cubs 3, Pirates 7
Rays 1, Blue Jays 0
Braves 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 3, Mets 4
Indians 2, Tigers 7
Reds 2, Brewers 3
Rockies 1, Cardinals 5
Red Sox 4, Royals 2
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5
Astros 3, Angels 11
Dodgers 0, Giants 9
Twins/White Sox – PPD