Angels star Shohei Ohtani finishes with the best-selling jersey in MLB this season


No Purple Sox participant completed within the high 20.

A fan poses for pictures with a show exhibiting the picture of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani earlier than the workforce’s baseball sport towards the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong) AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s hovering reputation was much more evident when it got here to jersey gross sales.

Ohtani had the best-selling jersey in Main League Baseball this season, the primary time a Japanese participant completed within the high spot. The league and the Gamers Affiliation launched its top-20 checklist Friday, with rankings primarily based on gross sales of Nike jerseys since Opening Day on

The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star beat out Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr., Aaron Choose of the New York Yankees, San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Houston’s Jose Altuve, Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez, Atlanta’s Matt Olson, Houston’s Alex Bregman and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels rounded out the highest 10. Trout has completed within the high 10 yearly since his rookie season in 2012.

Ohtani completed within the high 10 twice earlier than (2018, 2021), however hadn’t come near being No. 1.

He’s the favourite to earn American League MVP honors after hitting .304, with 44 homers, 95 RBIs, eight triples and 20 steals. The proper-hander additionally went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 begins on the mound.

A pending free agent, Ohtani had elbow surgical procedure final week and was shut down for a lot of the season’s last month due to an indirect harm.

Ohtani and 9 others within the high 20 had been born outdoors of america. They characterize Canada, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.