Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is entering his third season in red pinstripes after a strong 2021 spring training down in Clearwater Florida.
Across 35 at-bats, Harper slashed an impressive .343/.477/.771 with three doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, nine walks, and just 11 strikeouts. He tallied 27 bases and scored a run 10 times.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper has among the most popular jersey sales.
While Harper put together among the best spring performances on the field, off the field he is leading in another notable Major League category — player jersey sales.
The six-time All-Star has the fourth-most popular player jersey in Major League Baseball, according to a list released jointly on Wednesday by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Harper only trails reigning World Series champions Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. Area native and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout surprisingly ranks 10th on the list, while reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman ranks 17th. The sales for Betts (Red Sox) and Harper (Nationals) may contain jersey sales from their previous teams.
Near the end of the 2020 season, Harper ranked third in the majors in jersey sales, trailing just Betts and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
Harper has continually expressed his happiness for playing in the city of Philadelphia and the mutual respect between himself and fans. His jerseys being among the most popular in the game is only a strong representation of that bond not only locally, but around the world.
“The [fans] opened their arms to me. I want to open my arms to them as well,” Harper recently told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. “I want to bring a championship back to the city of Philadelphia. I think we have the team to be able to do that.”
Thursday will mark the first of 162 games for Harper and his teammates to try to get the team back into postseason contention for the first time in a decade.