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May 3, 2024 5:37 pm

MLB, Nike outline uniform fixes on the way

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Following negative feedback from players regarding uniforms, Major League Baseball announced Friday that adjustments will be made in time for the 2025 season.

Alleged issues with the new uniforms introduced before the current season include a propensity for collecting visible sweat, pants that are see-through and more prone to tearing, mismatched colors and smaller lettering on the backs of jerseys.

MLB said in a statement that next year’s uniforms will bring back larger lettering and give players pant customization options.

The league said that Nike is “working on a solution” regarding some color differences between the jerseys and pants of some teams’ gray road uniforms. Those will be introduced “as soon as the second half of this season,” per the league.

“We will continue to work with Nike to make adjustments with the goal of delivering a uniform that looks good and helps MLB players perform at their best,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Nike has been the official uniform supplier of Major League Baseball since entering a 10-year, $1 billion partnership in 2019.

A memo from the MLB Players Association last Sunday, as reported by ESPN, saw the union lay the blame squarely at Nike’s feet. Another company, Fanatics, handles the sewing and manufacturing while Nike is in charge of design and marketing.

–Field Level Media

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