MVP candidates Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuña Jr. top MLB jersey sales list

Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar and pending free agent Shohei Ohtani topped Major League Baseball jersey sales for 2023.

The list is compiled from Nike player jerseys sold at this season.

Ohtani, who tops this list for the first time and is the first Japanese player to reach No. 1, batted .302, with 44 home runs and 95 RBI, and leads the majors in OPS and in wins above replacement. As a pitcher, he went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 132 innings.

He has been out most of September with an oblique injury and had surgery on Sept. 20 for a right elbow ligament tear.

Shohei Ohtani in the dugout during a game on Sept. 17.
Shohei Ohtani in the dugout during a game on Sept. 17.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is second on the list. Acuña Jr. is the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 70 bases in the same season. Reigning American League MVP Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is third in sales.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez, Braves' first baseman' Matt Olson, Astros' third baseman' Alex Bregman and Angels' Mike Trout round out the top 10.

Of the top 20 players on the list, half were born outside of the United States.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Shohei Ohtani has most popular MLB jersey in 2023