- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 10, 2014

Major League Baseball periodically releases a list of the 20 most popular player jerseys sold via its online shop, Bryce Harper has been a fixture on the list since his debut in 2012.

But his popularity is in decline, at least by that measure.

Harper stands 17th on the list released Thursday, which covers jerseys sold through the first half of the 2014 season. That’s the lowest he’s been since reaching the majors.

The full list, based on MLB press releases:

2012, end of regular season: 4th

2013, All-Star break: 6th

2013, end of regular season: 15th

2014, Opening Day (offseason sales): 12th

2014, All-Star break: 17th

His absence from the field this year probably hasn’t helped; Harper missed just over two months after undergoing surgery on his thumb in late April, and has struggled at the plate since rejoining the lineup.

This season’s top 20 is led by a man taking a victory lap, retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter:

1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

4. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

5. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

6. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

8. David Wright, New York Mets

9. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

10. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

11. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

12. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

13. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

14. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

15. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

16. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

17. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

19. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

20. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

 

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