The LA Angels had an injury-riddled season this year, and we as fans were not pleased with the result.
We as fans, however, still stuck by this team, and kept the same energy we’ve always had towards our players.
This team may have been frustrating to watch at times, but we still supported the players through it all. The MLB jersey sales data backs that up.
The LA Angels are one of just seven teams in the Majors with multiple players in the top 20 in jersey sales.
Both Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout place inside the top 20 of jersey sales in the MLB this year, proving that the LA Angels’ franchise cornerstones still have mass appeal despite a sixth straight losing season.
Ohtani placed at number nine on the list, and Trout placed at number 13. Only five Major League teams have a higher-selling jersey on their team than Ohtani’s.
It makes sense, as Ohtani is a shoe-in for the AL MVP this season. He’s been a global sensation, as he’s also a former superstar in Japan.
As for Trout, I’m not too surprised either. I understand that he missed all but 36 games this year, but this is the same guy who was voted in as an All-Star Game starter this season despite his injury. I already knew about the respect that he gets from the baseball community. I expected people to continue to pay him his respects.
After all, he was having the best year of his career before he went down.
It makes me optimistic about next year. People are buying these jerseys for a reason.
When Trout’s healthy, we’ll have the two best players in baseball on the field at the same time. When we make the playoffs, these sales will shoot up even further.