Mike Trout had the 14th-highest selling jersey in MLB since the start of the 2020 season, in numbers released by the league on Friday, a list topped by former MVP winner Mookie Betts, in his first season with a new team.
It’s the lowest Trout has ranked in MLB jersey sales in nine full seasons, but his popularity is still such that he’s rated in the top 15 for nine years running:
- 2012: fifth
- 2013: ninth*
- 2014: third
- 2015: fifth
- 2016: fifth*
- 2017: 8th
- 2018: 11th
- 2019: ninth
- 2020: 14th
*ranking from that season’s All-Star break
Links & notes
- Trout and Betts were part of a Q&A through Body Armor, during which Betts said, “I think in doing all facets of the game, there’s nobody like Mike Trout.”
- Matthew Trueblood at Baseball Prospectus doesn’t pick Trout for American League MVP, but doesn’t dismiss his chances: “Naming Trout the MVP wouldn’t be a mere nod to his credentials. He’s firmly in the conversation.”
- The Angels reached an agreement committing to play in Anaheim through 2050, with a price tag as high as $300 million should the team leave before then, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
- Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs looked at the various MLB teams jockeying for playoff position during this final regular season weekend.
- In the weekly COVID test numbers released by MLB and MLBPA, through Thursday there were two staff members who tested positive for the virus. No players tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 26 days, through Thursday.