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Kris Bryant has the best-selling jersey in baseball, Cubs have four of top five

Kris Bryant has the best-selling jersey in baseball, Cubs have four of top five

You don't really need any more evidence to know that the Cubs are a pretty popular squad.

But here's some anyway.

Since the end of the World Series, four of the five top-selling jerseys in baseball belong to Cubs players. Kris Bryant leads the league, with Anthony Rizzo right behind at No. 2. Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber claim the fourth and fifth spots on the list, released Friday by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA.

Wowie.

The only guy breaking up the Cubs mojo is Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, coming in at No. 3. Of course, Kershaw couldn't quite do that when it counted back in October, giving up five runs in five innings — including a home run to the aforementioned Rizzo — in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Bryant can add this title to his list of accomplishments: He's got the best-selling jersey in baseball since the start of the 2015 season.

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Here's the full list of the 20 top-selling jerseys in the game:

1. Kris Bryant, Cubs
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. Javier Baez, Cubs
5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
6. Noah Syndergaard, Mets
7. Corey Seager, Dodgers
8. Buster Posey, Giants
9. Gary Sanchez, Yankees
10. Mike Trout, Angels
11. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
12. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
13. Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
14. Mookie Betts, Red Sox
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals
16. Francisco Lindor, Indians
17. Freddie Freeman, Braves
18. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
19. Jose Altuve, Astros
20. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

No regrets for Cubs' Javy Baez in not reaching extension deal before pandemic

No regrets for Cubs' Javy Baez in not reaching extension deal before pandemic

 

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez doesn’t know any more than anyone else where baseball’s economics and player salary markets are headed in the next year or two as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

But the two-time All-Star expressed no regret about not accepting a club offer during negotiations on a long-term extension over the winter and said he felt no “rush” to resume talks in the uncertain climate.

 

Baez, the 2018 MVP runner-up who is eligible for free agency after next season, had expressed optimism that talks were “progressing” in March before the pandemic shut down sports — and all extension talks.

 

“It’s been really difficult with all this happening right now,” said Baez, whose family all stayed healthy through baseball’s shutdown and who looks in good shape after working out during that time with brother-in-law Jose Berrios, the Twins pitcher.

 

“We have really good communication and relationship between me and the owners and obviously my agent,” Baez added. “I think when this [is in the] past, I think we’re going to talk and stay in touch and see what happens from here on, and with the season.”

 

Teammate Kris Bryant, long considered a sure thing to test the open market after the 2021 season, said Monday the pandemic and first-time fatherhood has made him rethink things that are important to him — including, potentially, the Cubs and what it might take to stay with them.

 

But predicting where payroll budgets, industry revenues and consequently player markets will be even two or three years from now is all but impossible during a pandemic with no end in sight.

 

All of which could render many players and teams’ best intentions moot for now.

 

“This is without question the most difficult time we’ve ever had as far as projecting those things,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said this week.

 

Baez, who has a 2020 salary of $10 million (prorated for the shortened season), was the primary focus of the front office much of the winter as it tried to lock him up as a part of the next contending core it envisioned.

 

He said he has bigger things to worry about now as the team tries to stay disciplined and committed to pulling off a 60-game season.

 

“Obviously, everybody wants to get paid, but we’ve got to wait for the right time,” he said, “and both sides are going to see and know what’s right for each other. I’m not in a rush. I’m worried right now about getting back on the field and playing regular games and trying to win in this season that is going to be so weird.

 

“Obviously with this happening right now it’s going to change everything. It already changed 2020; it’s going to change the next two years I think.”

 

Baez said the decision to play was not really difficult and he didn’t consider opting out.

 

“I feel like everybody’s dealing with the same thing,” said Baez, who among other things keeps his free agency timeline intact by playing and being credited with a full season of service time for 2020. “Some of them have got contracts; some of them don’t.

 

“I’ve got one year [more] I’m going to be in arbitration. We’ll see. They know me. I’m pretty sure every team knows me and knows what I can do. I’m not in a rush. We’ll just see what happens this season and how it goes for me and with this 60 games and be ready for next season.

 

“We’ll see.”

2021 MLB schedule: Cubs open at home against Pirates, play AL Central again

2021 MLB schedule: Cubs open at home against Pirates, play AL Central again

The 2020 Major League Baseball season hasn’t started yet and there’s no telling if the league will complete it in full due to COVID-19. In any case, the 2021 Cubs schedule was officially announced on Thursday.

The Cubs will open at home for the second straight season, taking on the Pirates at Wrigley Field on April 3. It’s the first time since 2011-12 the North Siders will open the season at Wrigley Field and third time in four seasons their home opener is against Pittsburgh.

2021 also marks the second consecutive year the Cubs will play the AL Central in interleague play. This includes six games against the White Sox (Aug. 6-8 at Wrigley; Aug. 27-29 at Guaranteed Rate Field). Their first interleague series is May 11-12 at Cleveland.

The Cubs travel to Minnesota (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) and host the Royals (Aug. 20-22) for the first time since 2015.

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