Giants & A’s

Matt Kawahara, Bay Area baseball beat writer

Posey jersey a big hit with fans

07/12/2013 12:00 AM

07/12/2013 6:28 AM

Buster Posey may have finished behind Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals in voting for National League starting catcher for next week's All-Star Game, but when it comes to baseball's most popular jersey, the Giants' star's is second to none.

Major League Baseball on Thursday released a list of the 20 top-selling jerseys for the first half of the 2013 season and Posey, the Giants' 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 National League MVP, tops the list.

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who will retire at the end of his 19th season, is second, followed by Molina.

Despite being 41-50 and near the bottom in the N.L. West after winning the World Series last season, the Giants have three players in the top 20. Closer Sergio Romo is 16th and third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 19th.

The American League West-leading A's have no players on the list.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the most players with four, led by rookie sensation Yasiel Puig at No. 10.

Woodland native Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is No. 13.

Of the 20 players, only two are older than 30 – Rivera and Yankees teammate Derek Jeter.

– Victor Contreras

JERSEY BOYS

Rk Player Team

1. Buster Posey Giants

2. Mariano Rivera Yankees

3. Yadier Molina Cardinals

4. David Wright Mets

5. Matt Harvey Mets

6. Bryce Harper Nationals

7. Derek Jeter Yankees

8. Manny Machado Orioles

9. Mike Trout Angels

10. Yasiel Puig Dodgers

11. Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers

12. Miguel Cabrera Tigers

13. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox

14. Matt Kemp Dodgers

15. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers

16. Sergio Romo Giants

17. Andrew McCutchen Pirates

18. Yu Darvish Rangers

19. Pablo Sandoval Giants

20. Justin Verlander Tigers

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

About This Blog

Matt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at mkawahara@sacbee.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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