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Mariano Rivera Tops List of MLB's Top-Selling Jerseys in Second Half of 2013

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2013

Major League Baseball has released a list of the top-selling jerseys for the second half of the 2013 season. Soon-to-be-retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tops both the MLB list and the American League list, while Matt Harvey—starting pitcher for the New York Mets—is just behind him overall and the No. 1 seller in the National League.

MLB released the rankings, which are comprised of online sales from MLB.com, on Thursday morning. The list can be viewed via Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk.

It’s no surprise that Mo tops the list, as the fan-favorite closer ranked No. 2 in jersey sales at the mid-point of the season behind San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Rivera is wrapping up his 19th and final season and has been as impressive as ever. He holds an ERA of 2.15 to go with his 44 saves and 54 strikeouts in 62.2 innings pitched this season.

Harvey is a bit of a surprise name on the list, as the young gun vaulted three spots (going from No. 5 to No. 2) in a short span of time. The Mets right-hander was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts before suffering a partial elbow tear in late August.

The 24-year-old is still gauging whether to undergo Tommy John surgery and may not be back in the New York lineup until the 2015 campaign.

Yasiel Puig is another major riser, as the Los Angeles Dodgers sensation sprung up to No. 3 in jersey sales after barely cracking the top 10 in July. The right fielder is hitting .325 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI in just 372 at-bats, while helping lead L.A. to the NL West crown.

Posey plummeted from No. 1 to No. 5 in jersey sales, likely because the Giants fell from contention. The team is just 73-85 on the year, a disappointing result considering its status as defending World Series champions.

At No. 4, Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado should have a top-selling jersey for years to come—as long as he fully recovers from a left knee injury that will sideline him up to two months.

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