A list of the most popular jersey sales on MLB.com/shop was released today:
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
2. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
3. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
4. David Wright, New York Mets
5. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
6. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
7. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
8. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
9. Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
10. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
11. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
12. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
13. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
14. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
15. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
More on Puig in a bit. Let’s not overlook that Ryu jersey sales rank 11th, only Puig separating Ryu from the buzz-worthy title of “Dodgers rookie sensation.” And that four Dodgers (with the cross-cultural appeal that comes with representing four different ethnic groups) rank among the top 15.
Onto the bullet points:
• Dodgers president Stan Kasten fielded a bunch of questions from Daily News readers last night at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles. Among his more revealing answers: The Dodger Stadium wi-fi retrofit is now more likely to be ready for next year than this year, and Andre Ethier isn’t about to get traded. “Right now we’re happy with our outfield situation,” Kasten said.
• Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was first in the “Final Vote” tally when the day began. Yasiel Puig is still second. Voting ends at 1 p.m. Pacific.
• Speaking of Puig, he did a remote interview from the Dodgers’ dugout on SportsCenter a few minutes ago. Puig said (in Spanish) that he met with former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez in Arizona. He had reportedly ignored Gonzalez at the batting cage and had to be prodded by Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire to pay attention. “I’m not sure why it got out that way in the press,” Puig said.
• From the Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN: Puig and Hanley Ramirez are the first pair of teammates in more than 80 years to concurrently own batting averages of .400 or better at the end of a game, at least 100 at-bats into a season. Through the first game of a doubleheader on May 30, 1931, future Hall-of-Famers Al Simmons (58-for-144, .403) and Mickey Cochrane (60-for-149, .403) of the Philadelphia Athletics each possessed season-to-date batting averages above .400.
• The ratings bonanza continues: Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks drew the largest audience for a regular-season Dodgers game on a local broadcast or cable outlet in almost six years. KCAL (Channel 9) said an average of 470,000 viewers watched the game, the largest regular-season audience since August 1, 2007, when 505,000 viewers tuned in to a Giants-Dodgers game with Barry Bonds stuck on 754 career home runs.
• What happens when your general manager can’t talk?
• An A’s fan reads “Moneyball” 10 years later, concludes that many baseball people still don’t get it (which they don’t).
• Toro y Moi and Washed Out, two of my favorite groups of the last five years, are predictably mellow when combined on this track, “Brubek”: