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Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout among most popular players

September 26, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • It should come as no surprise that Yasiel Puig is one of the most popular players in baseball.
It should come as no surprise that Yasiel Puig is one of the most popular players… (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty…)

Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig, who did not start the season in the major leagues, was one of the three most popular players in the second half of the season.

That ranking, based on jersey sales at mlb.com, was released by Major League Baseball on Thursday.

Mariano Rivera, the retiring star closer of the New York Yankees, sat atop the list followed by New York Mets rookie pitcher Matt Harvey, who started the All-Star Game for the National League.

Puig ranked third, with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw sixth and rookie pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu 17th. The Dodgers and New York Yankees were the only teams with three players ranked in the top 20.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout ranked 10th.

The top 20:

1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Matt Harvey, Mets
3. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
4. Manny Machado, Orioles
5. Buster Posey, Giants
6. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
7. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
8. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
10. Mike Trout, Angels

11. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
12. Derek Jeter, Yankees
13. David Wright, Mets
14. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals
16. Chris Davis, Orioles
17. Hyun-jin Ryu, Dodgers
18, David Ortiz, Red Sox
19. Robinson Cano, Yankees
20. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

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