The off-season is over, and actual baseball games are being played. There's still time for distractions, though, like seeing who sold more jerseys than anyone else in Major League Baseball this off-season. In case you already forgot the above headline, that individual is Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
Ortiz wasn't the only Red Sox to appear in the top-20, though. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia fittingly came in second, while closer Koji Uehara ranked 18th. Former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury came in at the 20 spot, due to a mix of clearance sales in Boston and shiny new jerseys in New York.
It's not hard to see why Ortiz would be such a great sale. He was at his most Ortiz both in terms of production and personality in 2013, leading the Red Sox to a World Series victory thanks to batting .309/.395/.564 in the regular season and then an absurd .688/.760/1.188 in the Fall Classic itself. He remained in the spotlight for much of the winter thanks to his contract negotiations as well, negotiations that ended with what could end up being a four-year, career-finishing deal for him with the Red Sox.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle released the full top-20 on his Sulia account:
1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
3. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
8. David Wright, New York Mets
9. Robinson Cano, Yankees/Mariners
10. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
11. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
12. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
13. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
14. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
15. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
16. Prince Fielder, Tigers/Rangers
17. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
18. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
19. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
20. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox/Yankees