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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

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.