By Barry Janoff
July 23, 2015: It pays to be a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants if you want to have a top-selling MLB jersey, but it doesn't hurt to be part of the Chicago Cubs youth movement, either.
Three members of the Giants placed among the best-selling jerseys for the first half of the 2015 season, led by pitcher Madison Bumgarner at No. 1, catcher Buster Posey at No. 3 and outfielder Hunter Pence, according to MLB.com/shop, based on sales from April - July 11.
The three also placed among the Top Ten based on sales according to the Baseball Hall of Fame's Shop.baseballhall.org during that same period, where Bumgarner was No. 2, Posey No. 3 and Pence No. 9.
Financial figures were not disclosed.
The Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend is hosting induction ceremonies for the Class of 2015 — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — and surrounding events. Not surprisingly, they lead the list of top-selling Hall of Fame gear, followed by such icons as Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.
Bumgarner, who was MVP of the 2014 World Series, added to his public persona by starring in a national campaign for workwear brand Carhartt. Posey, who has won three World Series rings with the Giants, has deals that include Under Armour, Esurance, BodyArmor and Topps.
Cubs rookie Kris Bryant was No. 2 among top-selling jerseys according to MLB.com/shop, but was No. 1 overall according to the Hall of Fame. Teammate Anthony Rizzo came in at No. 10 at MLB.com/shop and No. 15 at Shop.baseballhall.org.
The defending AL champion Kansas City Royals — which had five players on the recent All-Star Game roster for the American League — had no players among the Top 20 at MLB.com, but Alex Gordon was No. 20 at the Baseball Hall of Fame site.
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees had the hottest-selling jersey during the second half of the 2014 MLB season, thanks to it being his farewell-retirement campaign, according to MLB.com/shop.
Behind Jeter, the Top Ten best-selling jerseys for the second half of 2014, per MLB.com/shop, were Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Posey, Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Yoenis Cespedis (Oakland A's/Boston Red Sox) and Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox).
The Yankees did not have a player among the Top 20 on either sales list for the first half of 2015 (although his jersey is still among the top-selling items at the Hall of Fame) but their crosstown rivals, the Mets, had two: Matt Harvey and David Wright.
Kershaw, three-time (and two-time defending) Cy Young winning pitcher for the Dodgers, had a strong showing on both lists: No. 4 at MLB.com/shop and No. 5 at the Baseball Hall of Fame's Shop.baseballhall.org.
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Trout of the Angels, two of MLB's hottest young stars, placed No. 5 and No. 7, respectively among the top-selling jerseys at MLB.com/shop; but switched order at Shop.baseballhall.org, with Trout coming in at No. 6 and Harper at No. 8.
Jersey sales were not just about youngsters: Ortiz, who has been in MLB since 1997 and has been a member of the Boston Red Sox since 2003, was No. 9 at MLB.com/shop and No. 7 at Shop.baseballhall.org.
Top-Selling Jerseys (April-July 11)
1. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
2. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
6. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
7. Mike Trout Los Angels Angels
8. Matt Harvey New York Mets
9. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
10. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
11. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
12. Yadler Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
13. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
14. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
15. Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
16. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
17. David Wright New York Mets
18. Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
19. Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
Per Baseball Hall of Fame
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
2. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Yadier Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
7. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
8. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
9. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
10. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
12. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
13. Matt Harvey New York Mets
14. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
15. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
16. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
17. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
18. Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
19. David Wright New York Mets
20. Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
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