Mookie Betts has never played a game as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of fans, but the superstar outfielder is already immensely popular on the West Coast, apparently.
In his first season as a member of the Dodgers, Betts edged out New York Yankees' right fielder Aaron Judge and Philadelphia Phillies' right fielder Bryce Harper as the top selling jersey in baseball:
Those that invested in a Betts jersey seemingly made a tremendous long-term investment, just like the Dodgers did when they acquired the 27-year-old from the Boston Red Sox in February. Both investments seem even more sound given that Betts has since inked a 12-year/$365 million deal to remain with the Dodgers.
In his first season with the Dodgers, Betts has slashed .293/.363/.567 with 16 home runs, 39 RBIs and a 2.8 fWAR. He enters the final weekend of the 2020 regular season in the thick of a tight National League MVP race with Atlanta Braves' first baseman Freddie Freeman and San Diego Padres' shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. If Betts were to win the National League MVP, he would join Hall of Famer Frank Robinson as the second player in MLB history to win an MVP Award in both leagues, as he was the 2018 American League MVP while playing for the eventual World Series Champion Red Sox.