Los Angeles Dodgers All-Stars Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw were among the top MLB jersey sellers for the 2019 season, ranking third and No. 12, respectively. Bellinger was bested only by Aaron Judge (No. 1) and Bryce Harper.
The New York Yankees’ slugger has finished atop the list in each of the past three seasons. The entire top 10 consists of all position players and rounding it out after Bellinger is Javier Baez, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuña Jr., Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve, Mike Trout and Anthony Rizzo.
Pete Alonso, who broke Bellinger’s National League rookie home run record, debuts on the list at No. 14.
Bellinger has been in the top 20 in MLB jersey sales in each of his three seasons with the Dodgers, coming in at No. 16 his rookie year in 2017 and 15th last year.
This marks the first time in several years that Kershaw was not in the top 10 as he was No. 4 each of the last two seasons.
For Bellinger to be in the top three at just 24 years of age is a testament to the kind of season he is having. Perhaps the leading NL MVP candidate, Bellinger is currently batting .301/.402/.623 with 46 home runs, 118 runs scored, 114 RBI and 15 stolen bases, which are career highs across the board.
Bellinger has also played outstanding defense at multiple positions for the Dodgers all season, putting himself in a place to perhaps win his first Gold Glove Award.
It’s no secret the Dodgers have one of the most loyal fanbases in baseball as they once again led the league in attendance in 2019. They set a franchise record with almost four million in home attendance.
For that reason, it is not surprising to see Bellinger so high on the jersey sales list ahead of other great players and former MVPs like Yelich, Betts, Altuve and Trout.
If he is able to help propel the Dodgers to their first World Series championship since 1988 this October, it’s not out of the question that Bellinger can continue to climb the jersey sale ladder and earn the top spot in 2020.