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The 20 Top-Selling Player Jerseys in Baseball (2015)

Rookie Kris Bryant, Owner Of 2015's Most Popular Baseball Jersey

Rookie Kris Bryant, Owner Of 2015’s Most Popular Baseball Jersey

Now that the regular season is done, let’s take a look at mlb.com‘s top-selling baseball player jerseys of 2015.

For the first time, a rookie tops the list. Chicago Cubs‘ phenom and National League Rookie of the Year favorite, third-baseman Kris Bryant (.275, 26 HR, 99 RBI…and 31 doubles), is No. 1 (well, No. 17, really, but you get it).

Bryant is also one of four third-basemen on the list, the most represented position.

He replaces last season’s top man, the retiring Derek Jeter (naturally).

Then, the West Coast takes over. The next four jerseys are owned by San Francisco Giants‘ battery Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, Los Angeles Dodgers‘ perennial Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Angels‘ possible MVP back-to-backer Mike Trout.

The Giants have the most players in the top 20, and they’re all in the top 10 by the way – three (Hunter Pence is the other) – along with, guess who? Nope, not the New York Yankees. It’s that other team in Gotham, the NL East surprise champion New York Mets (Matt Harvey, David Wright and Jacob deGrom). In fact, the Yankees have no top 20 reps this time around.

Other than rookies Bryant and Houston Astros‘ shortstop Carlos Correa, Harvey (third season) and deGrom (second tour) have the fewest years of MLB service. Almost half (nine) of the 20 top-selling jerseys are worn by players with five years in the Bigs or fewer.

Correa (Puerto Rico) is one of five internationally-born players with the top selling gear, along with the always-appearing David Ortiz (Dominican Republic); two-time World Series champion, St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) and his once champion teammate and three-time MVP, Albert Pujols (Dominican Republic); and 2010 Cy Young winner and Seattle Mariner lifer so far, Felix Hernandez (Venezuela).

PLAYER TEAM POS. SEASON BIRTHPLACE
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B Rookie Las Vegas, NV
2. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants LHP 7th Hickory, NC
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants C 7th Leesburg, GA
4. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers LHP 8th Dallas, TX
5. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels CF 5th Vineland, NJ
6. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals LF, RF 4th Las Vegas, NV
7. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants RF 9th Fort Worth, TX
8. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs 1B 5th Fort Lauderdale, FL
9. Matt Harvey New York Mets RHP 3rd New London, CT
10. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates CF 7th Fort Meade, FL
11. David Wright New York Mets 3B 12th Norfolk, VA
12. Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays 3B 5th Pensacola, FL
13. Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 3B, 1B 5th Point Pleasant, NJ
14. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH 19th Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
15. Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C 12th Bayamon, Puerto Rico
16. Carlos Correa Houston Astros SS Rookie Ponce, Puerto Rico
17. Jacob deGrom New York Mets RHP 2nd DeLand, FL
18. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B 10th Woodland, CA
19. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners RHP 11th Valencia, Venezuela
20. Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels DH, 1B 15th Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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NBA Video: Kevin Garnett and Players with the Most Seasons Played

If Kevin Garnett Re-Ups For Two More Years, He'll Wind Up Playing More Seasons Than Anyone Else In NBA History

If Kevin Garnett Re-Ups For Two More Years, He’ll Wind Up Playing More Seasons Than Anyone Else In NBA History

Kevin Garnett is banging out his 20th season in 2014-15, first with the Brooklyn Nets, and now, in a return to where it all began in 1995-96 (and where he won his MVP in 2003-04), with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Garnett’s tied with (soon to be fellow-) Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played six seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks and 14 for the Los Angeles Lakers (and won titles with both teams).

Garnett has mentioned the possibility of retiring at the end of this season, though, along with the end of his current contract.

In that case, he would not catch longtime Boston Celtic champion center Robert Parish and All-Star mostly-Atlanta Hawks journeyman, Kevin Willis. These two played the most seasons of all, 21.

Willis and Garnett both have rings, too – Willis with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003 and Garnett with the Celtics in 2008.

Check out video highlights of these longest serving NBA veterans (all champs) below – and for the NBA’s all-time top 20…click here.

1. Robert Parish: 21 Seasons

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1. Kevin Willis: 21 Seasons

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3. Kevin Garnett: 20 Seasons

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3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 20 Seasons

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Photo: Jesse Johnson via usatoday.com

MLB 2015: The 20 Best Players in Baseball (MLB, ESPN, FoxSports and Sports Illustrated Rankings)

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

It’s official and it’s unanimous. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is projected to be the best player in baseball this season, according to four of the biggest baseball sources on the Internet, including Major League Baseball itself.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated also perch Trout at the top of the rankings.

Then, naturally, things get fuzzier.

Three different players – Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew McCutchen – can claim second best.

Add Felix Hernandez, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera, and you have everybody that populates the top five.

Check out the top 20 below for all four sources (and click on the source name to see the full rankings from each – from 100 to 300 players. Overall, 31 different players from 21 different teams make the cut. The Washington Nationalsfavorites to win the 2015 World Series – have the most with four.

THE RANKINGS

ESPN (BBTN) MLB FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
1. Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF
2. Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF Giancarlo Stanton, RF Andrew McCutchen, CF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF Andrew McCutchen, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Andrew McCutchen, CF Clayton Kershaw, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF
6. Miguel Cabrera, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B
7. Chris Sale, LHP Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Gomez, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B Jose Abreu, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Altuve, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B
10. Buster Posey, C Adam Jones, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
11. Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Bautista, RF Anthony Rizzo, 1B Adam Jones, CF
12. Jose Abreu, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Bautista, RF
13. Troy Tulowitzki, SS Felix Hernandez, RHP Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
14. Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP
15. Madison Bumgarner, LHP Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Altuve, 2B Adrian Beltre, 3B
16. Corey Kluber, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B Anthony Rendon, 3B Chris Sale, LHP
17. Johnny Cueto, RHP Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF Troy Tulowitzki, SS
18. David Price, LHP Yasiel Puig, RF Buster Posey, C Anthony Rendon, 3B
19. Yasiel Puig, RF Michael Brantley, LF Adrian Beltre, 3B Ian Desmond, SS
20. Stephen Strasburg, RHP Hanley Ramirez, SS Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Altuve, 2B

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THE PLAYERS

PLAYER # OF TOP 20 LISTS TOP RANKING TEAM
1. Mike Trout, CF 4 1 Los Angeles Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 4 2 Miami Marlins
5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4 3 Detroit Tigers
6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 4 3 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Felix Hernandez, RHP 4 5 Seattle Mariners
8. Jose Abreu, 1B 4 6 Chicago White Sox
9. Robinson Cano, 2B 4 8 Seattle Mariners
10. Jose Bautista, RF 4 10 Toronto Blue Jays
11. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 4 12 Colorado Rockies
12. Carlos Gomez, CF 3 7 Milwaukee Brewers
13. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 3 9 Chicago Cubs
14. Jose Altuve, 2B 3 9 Houston Astros
15. Adam Jones, CF 3 10 Baltimore Orioles
16. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B 3 10 Toronto Blue Jays
17. Chris Sale, LHP 2 7 Chicago White Sox
18. Buster Posey, C 2 10 San Francisco Giants
19. Max Scherzer, RHP 2 11 Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Beltre, 3B 2 15 Texas Rangers
21. Anthony Rendon, 3B 2 16 Washington Nationals
22. Yasiel Puig, RF 2 18 Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Madison Bumgarner, LHP 1 15 San Francisco Giants
24. Corey Kluber, RHP 1 16 Cleveland Indians
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 1 17 New York Yankees
26. Johnny Cueto, RHP 1 17 Cincinnati Reds
27. David Price, LHP 1 18 Detroit Tigers
28. Ian Desmond, SS 1 19 Washington Nationals
29. Michael Brantley, LF 1 19 Cleveland Indians
30. Hanley Ramirez, SS 1 20 Boston Red Sox
31. Stephen Strasburg, RHP 1 20 Washington Nationals

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THE TEAMS

TEAM PLAYERS IN TOP 20
1. Washington Nationals 4
2. Chicago White Sox 2
3. Cleveland Indians 2
4. Detroit Tigers 2
5. Los Angeles Dodgers 2
6. San Francisco Giants 2
7, Seattle Mariners 2
8. Toronto Blue Jays 2
9. Arizona Diamondbacks 1
10. Baltimore Orioles 1
11. Boston Red Sox 1
12. Chicago Cubs 1
13. Cincinnati Reds 1
14. Colorado Rockies 1
15. Houston Astros 1
16. Los Angeles Angels 1
17. Miami Marlins 1
18. Milwaukee Brewers 1
19. New York Yankees 1
20. Pittsburgh Pirates 1
21. Texas Rangers 1

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