Don’t be surprised if you see number 99 everywhere you go because New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge has the MLB’s best-selling jersey.
Aaron Judge's No. 9️⃣9️⃣ is once again #MLB's top-selling jersey ?
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 28, 2018
Even though a large chunk of missed time in 2018 caused a significant drop in cumulative production for Judge, he took the number one spot on a list that includes names like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw.
Judge is batting .278 with 26 home runs and a .916 OPS heading into Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
International sensation Shohei Ohtani placed number eight on the list.
20-year-old @ronaldacunajr24 becomes the youngest player to ever crack the top 20.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) September 28, 2018
Just 11 of the 30 MLB teams had players on the list. The Astros and the Chicago Cubs each had three players make the cut while the Yankees, Angels, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Braves all had two players via representation.
Judge has only had two full seasons in the Big Leagues and in both of them, his number 99 jersey has topped the MLB’s list of best sellers. The jersey sales numbers hint that the big man with the even bigger smile will be well worth whatever ungodly amount of money his team invests in him when he signs his first big contract.
The Judge is one of 18 players in MLB history to don the number 99, according to baseball-reference.com. Only two other Yankees have worn it—pitcher Brian Bruney in 2009 and left fielder Charlie Keller in 1952.
MLB.com posted the list of its hottest jerseys at a serendipitous time on Sept. 28, a day when Judge and New York are playing for their 99th win of the season.