Jays’ Donaldson makes MLB most popular player jersey list

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, coming off the historic 2016 World Series championship, possesses the most popular player jersey in MLB. In addition, the reigning NL MVP has the most popular jersey since the start of the 2015 season, his rookie year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since the end of the 2016 World Series.

Following Bryant on the list, released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is his Cubs teammate, first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The World Series champions also round out the top five with infielder Javier Báez at no. 4 and left fielder Kyle Schwarber at no. 5. Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers perennial All-Star pitcher, ranks third.

The average age of players on this list is 26-and-a-half – more than 1.5 years younger than any previous list’s mean age. Bryant, Báez and Schwarber are three of 10 players who made this list aged 25 years or younger, while Báez and Schwarber are two of six new faces cracking the top 20. Also making their debuts on the most popular player jersey list are Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (#7), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez (#9), Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (#14) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (#16).

1.    Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

11.  Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

2.    Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

12.  Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

3.    Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

13.  Yoenis Céspedes, New York Mets

4.    Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

14.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

5.    Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs

15.  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

6.    Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

16.  Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

7.    Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

17.  Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

8.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

18.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

9.    Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees

19.  Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

10.  Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

20.  Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays