It’s good to be king.
Midseason MLB jersey sales results were announced on Thursday, and the San Francisco Giants had multiple representatives in the top 10. Most impressively, Madison Bumgarner topped the list at No. 1:
Cubs rookie sensation Kris Bryant edged Buster Posey for the No. 2 spot, while Hunter Pence just missed a top-five entry behind Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper. The Giants are the only team to have three players in the top 10—something the organization hasn’t done since the league began publicizing these results in 2010.
Bumgarner’s celebrity has truly taken off since his epic postseason run, but beating out all his MLB counterparts is still a very impressive feat. Posey has been a jersey selling staple in recent years, so No. 3 for him is about right. The biggest surprise is Pence, who’s coming in ahead of two bonafide phenoms despite missing most of the season with injuries.
All of his off-field adventures probably have a lot to do with it. Keep doing you, Hunter.
In case you’re wondering how the reigning champs fared in years past:
2014: Posey (2)
2013: Posey (5)
2011: Lincecum (6), Posey (10)
2010: Lincecum (10)
Note: All end-of-season totals
It’s interesting that the G-Men didn’t get any love in one of their World Series-winning campaigns. It’s also crazy to consider how far our beloved Big Time Timmy Jim has fallen in just a few years.
Looking ahead, there are a few young Giants I could see cracking this list in the near future. In order of likeliness:
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- Brandon Crawford
Two-way star? Check. Good looks? Check. Nice guy? Check. He’s essentially Buster Posey at short. Move over, Tulo.
- Joe Panik
- Matt Duffy:
He’s not your prototypical No. 3 hitter, but the Duffman’s star power could explode if he continues hitting in the heart of the order. That, coupled with his loveable nickname, infamous cat, and gaming savvy should at least catapult the kid into the top 20.
Maybe we’ll see one of these guys break through come September (when the end-of-year results are announced). Until then, here’s pictures of Pence on a runway to feed your fashion fix.