NEW YORK (WFAN) — Last week, Derek Jeter was voted New York’s all-time favorite athlete in a Siena College poll.
This week, the shortstop has been crowned king of MLB jersey sales.
For the first time ever, Major League Baseball released their list of best-selling jerseys to CNBC reporter Darren Rovell. The NFL and NBA routinely announce their jersey sales every year.
According to Rovell, Jeter’s position at No. 1 shouldn’t be a surprise, given the future Hall of Famer is the “most marketable player on the most marketable team.”
Joe Mauer, Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and a near-Yankee, Cliff Lee, round out 2010’s top five.
Jeter’s jersey coup proves the Yankees’ aging shortstop is as popular as ever. What may surprise some fans is the other Bronx Bomber that cracked the top ten — Alex Rodriguez.
From A-Rod’s 2009 admission to performance enhancing drug use to his Super Bowl popcorn fiasco, Rodriguez hasn’t endured tremendous fan support in New York. Perhaps his ninth best-selling jersey proves that better times are to come for the “Lightning Rod.”
To round out the bottom half, Albert Pujols came in sixth, followed by Josh Hamilton, Dustin Pedroia, Rodriguez and Tim Lincecum.
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