Four Cubs in top five for MLB jersey sales since elusive Series win

ByDarren Rovell ESPN logo
Friday, April 21, 2017

Coming off their first title in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs dominated Major League Baseball's best-selling jersey list, which the league released Friday.

The Cubs took four of the top five spots in jersey sales that have been tabulated since the end of the World Series.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo finished 1-2, while Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber landed in the fourth and fifth spots. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was third.

"Being in the right spot at the right time," Bryant said. "We have a following now. And with that comes a big responsibility."

The list is impressively made up of younger players, with the average age of a player in the top 20 at 26 years old.

Thanks in part to the Cubs, National League players held the first eight spots.

Rounding out the top 10 are New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (24 years old), Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (22), San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (30), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (25), who has been in the top 10 since the 2012 season.

The jersey sale list makes the case for Bryant, 25, as the league's most marketable player, leaping ahead of the likes of other youngsters such as Trout and Bryce Harper, who was 15th on the list.

Bryant has had the best-selling jersey since he made his MLB debut in 2015,

"It blows my mind that I can drive down Michigan (Avenue) and see people wear my jersey," said Bryant, who has high-profile deals with Fanatics, Topps, Red Bull and Express. "I don't know if I even grasp it yet. It's cool. I see my jersey on the back of my dad. It makes me feel so proud."