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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

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.