In the past year, the Los Angeles Dodgers saw their popularity grow as they went from last place to National League West champions and two games away from the World Series.
Two of the more popular players on the Dodgers are reigning Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, who signed a record-breaking contract extension in the off-season, and Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig, who burst onto the scene last June and finished in second for the NL Rookie of the Year.
According to a list of the top selling jerseys from this past off-season released by MLB via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the duo ranked in the top tier of big league players:
1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
3. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
8. David Wright, New York Mets
9. Robinson Cano, Yankees/Mariners
10. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
11. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw ranked ahead of every other major league pitcher and was the second-best in the NL behind Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-hander signed a seven-year, $215 million contract extension this past winter and will remain in Los Angeles for the significant future. Puig ranked in between two fellow youngsters in Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Harper and Puig were ranked one and two in ESPN’s recent poll for most overrated player, but their popularity cannot be denied. Puig had an eventful off-season to say the least, finding himself all over Los Angeles and in trouble for reckless driving.
If the Dodgers can replicate their success from 2013, the two should continue to grow in popularity, especially with the team playing in so many nationally televised games.
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