Is Clayton Kershaw the most popular pitcher in Major League Baseball?
By one measure, yes. The Dodgers ace and defending National League Cy Young winner led all pitchers in jersey sales during the off-season, based on sales from MLB's online shop.
David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox led the rankings, released Thursday by the league. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ranked third, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kershaw ranked fifth. The next pitcher on the list: Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, at No. 15.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig ranked No. 11, with Angels outfielder Mike Trout at No. 14. The Angels finished 18 games out of first place, so Trout did not have the same opportunity for the postseason exposure that would help drive off-season sales.
The Top 20 of off-season jersey sales, as released by MLB: