What Is the Most Star-Studded MLB Uniform Number?

Jordan Cohn
July 31, 2020 - 3:07 pm
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Two jerseys which we'd expect to be flying off the shelves entering and throughout the 2020 MLB season are that of new Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and new Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts. However, though they're arguably two of the top five players in the entire Major Leagues, you're not going to find them on the following list.

That's because Cole and Betts wear the relatively obscure uniform numbers of 45 and 50, respectively, and their presence alone isn't enough to move those numbers into the 12 most star-studded uniform numbers in the league -- though they're close, as Cole is joined by Zack Wheeler to represent No. 45, and Betts is joined by Charlie Morton for No. 50.

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The same goes for No. 48, despite the presence of Jacob deGrom and Matthew Boyd, and No. 31, though Max Scherzer, Joc Pederson, Aaron Hicks and co. form a formidable squad. Even a number like 25, which has long been considered the number of pure power in MLB with wearers like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jim Thome and others, has faltered lately, with Gleyber Torres and Byron Buxton attempting to keep it afloat. One number lower, where Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson roam, would have been on here a few years back, but that's not the case in 2020. Aaron Judge's No. 99, which is also worn by Hyun Jin Ryu and Alex Verdugo, is another close cut.

So which dozen numbers are the ones worn by the best crop of players the league has to offer? Let's find out.

All information retrieved from Baseball Reference.

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