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Aaron Judge has baseball’s most popular jersey of 2018

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Major League Baseball just released its annual list of which players have the most popular jersey as measured by sales of Majestic-brand official on-field replica sales. The leader for the season: Aaron Judge. In fact, it’s his second consecutive season with the most popular player jersey.

Jose Altuve is second on the list, followed by Javier Baez, Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts. Betts and Baez each shot seven spaces up the list from last year. Ronald Acuña made the list at number 20, becoming the youngest player to make the list since MLB began keeping track of such things eight years ago. Shohei Ohtani is the highest-ranking rookie, at number eight.

Here’s the whole crew:

1. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
2. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
3. Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
4. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
9. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
12. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
17. George Springer, Houston Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
20. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.