MLB Most Popular Jerseys

Forbes Magazine fills us in on the most popular jersey sales.

According to the article:

The common theme among almost all of these players: winners. Each of the top 20 players was on a team with a winning record last year save Joe Mauer from the Twins and 14 of the 20 making the postseason. Winning sells in baseball whether you are talking about merchandise or attendance. The top 10 in MLB attendance last year all had winning records outside of the Twins and Cubs.

It is an eclectic group featuring: nine infielders, five pitchers, four outfielders and two catchers. There are 12 players under the age of 30 and 11 played in the American League last year.

Based on Majestic 2011 sales figures

1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

3. *Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim

4. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

5. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

6. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

7. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

8. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

9. *Hunter Pence, Philadelphia Phillies

10. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

11. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

12. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

13. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

14. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox  

15. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees 

16. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

17. Robinson CanoNew York Yankees

18. Mariano RiveraNew York Yankees

19. Carl CrawfordBoston Red Sox

20. David FreeseSt. Louis Cardinals

*Pujols played for the St. Louis Cardinals until signing with the Angels in December 2011, while Pence was traded from the Houston Astros to the Phillies in July 2011. In both cases, their rankings reflect sales of jerseys for both teams.