Derek Jeter tops jersey sales list

Updated: October 1, 2012, 12:38 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

For the third straight season, baseball fans bought more Derek Jeter jerseys than any other.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDerek Jeter's iconic No. 2 stayed atop MLB's official jersey sales list. It was joined in the top 10 by two other Yankees jerseys.

Major League Baseball's jersey sales ranking list came out Monday and there were few surprises.

Jeter led three New York Yankees in the top 10, while hot young phenoms jumped to the top of the list, which reflects sales of Majestic jerseys since the All-Star break.

Jeter was followed by Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton and the new Yankees jersey of Ichiro Suzuki, who was traded from the Seattle Mariners on July 23.

The rankings marked the third time the sales figures have been released. Jeter also led the 2010 and 2011 lists.

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout, the league's hottest rookies, rounded out the top five.

The jersey of Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates came in sixth and Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish finished seventh, making it two Rangers and two Japanese players in the top seven.

The Braves' Chipper Jones hasn't changed what's on the front of his jersey in his 20-year career, but his season-long curtain call had fans buying his jersey, which came in at No. 8.

Jerseys of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano finished ninth and 10th.

If there's anything that stands out on the list, it's that buying jerseys of pitchers doesn't seem to be in vogue, with Darvish and Verlander the only pitchers in the top 20.

A potentially historic Triple Crown season by the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera helped his inclusion on the list, albeit at No. 19.

Being in a large market can help jersey sales, but not if the team itself doesn't perform. Noticeably absent from the list were the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets.

The Baltimore Orioles had no players on the list despite playing their way into their first playoff appearance since 1987.

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