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Aaron Judge has MLB’s most popular jersey of 2019

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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 third consecutive season with the most popular player jersey.

Following Judge on the list is Bryce Harper, who I would’ve guessed would lead the list given that he was on a new team this year. Lots of Yankees fans already had Judge jerseys. No Phillies fan would’ve had a Harper jersey before March. Oh well.

In keeping with MLB’s emphasis on youth, the nine most popular player jerseys are all under the age of 30, with Cody Bellinger coming in third followed by, Javier Báez, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuña Jr., Mookie Betts, José Altuve, and Mike Trout. Only old man Anthony Rizzo at number ten is over 30, and he just hit the big 3-0 in August.

The next ten:

11. Yadier Molina;
12. Clayton Kershaw;
13. Alex Bregman;
14. Pete Alonso
15. Freddie Freeman
16. Kris Bryant
17. Francisco Lindor
18. Paul Goldschmidt
19. Jacob deGrom
20. George Springer

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.