New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Fans have purchased more of the No. 42 jersey of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera than those of any other Major League Baseball player in the second half of the season based on on MLB’s online shop.
Rivera, the alltime leader in regular-season and postseason saves, tops the list despite his intention to hang up his glove at the end of the season.
The Yankees’ home finale will take place on Thursday night against the Rays, followed by a series in Houston to close out the year.
Rivera was followed by New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
The top 20 most popular jersey list was released by MLB Thursday, with Chris Davis of the Orioles and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks cracked the top 20 list for the first time, finishing 17th and 20th respectively.
Veterans who returned to the list included Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (11), Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (12), Mets third baseman David Wright (13), Red Sox DH David Ortiz (18) and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (19).
Players from 13 teams are represented on the top 20 list, including three from the Dodgers (Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu) and Yankees (Rivera, Jeter, Cano).