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MLB | Feb 23

Why Are Players Pissed About the New MLB Uniforms

For the 2024 Season, Nike Designed the New Uniforms and They’re Being Manufactured by Fanatics

Why Are Players Pissed About the New MLB Uniforms
Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers - Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

F*cking See-Through Pants!

From the looks of it, it doesn’t look like a $450 jersey. So far, thumbs down… – Taylor Ward

Baseball season is just around the corner, and boy did I miss MLB! Spring Training is here and you can feel the electricity in the air…but the biggest talking point is not which team will dominate.

MLB news outlets reported that there’s a lot of controversy around the quality of the uniforms and jerseys for next season, and let’s be honest…they’re awful, you have to see them to believe it, keep reading to check them out yourself!

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In the 2024 season, players and coaches will wear new uniforms designed by Nike and manufactured by Fanatics. I’m sure everyone is open to some changes but what they’ve done is atrocious and to say that the reception has been far from a home run would be an understatement…and rightfully so! Let’s just say they leave little to the imagination!

The issue surfaced last Tuesday when the Seattle Mariners posted a video of catcher Cal Raleigh on X (formerly Twitter). Mariners fans reacted to the post in shock, noting that the pants were basically see-through. I can’t blame them! The design raises eyebrows and I feel bad for the players!

 

 

I don’t know about you guys but if I were a player I would rather sit the season out and get suspended than wear those uniforms! I will not buy those jerseys! Are they punishing the players and coaches or something?

The issue with pants is part of a broader controversy surrounding the 2024 MLB uniforms. The goal behind the new design was to enhance performance while keeping players cool during the summer months.

“I know everyone hates them,” Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner told The Associated Press last week. “We all liked what we had. We understand business, but I think everyone wanted to keep it the same way, for the most part, with some tweaks here or there.”

Nike claims that the MLB jerseys offer 25% more stretch and dry 28% faster, a significant improvement over the previous version. To achieve the perfect fit, Nike scanned the bodies of over 300 players, ensuring that the uniforms would be tailored to the athletes’ needs.

Despite these advancements, the reception has been lukewarm and it’s easy to see why!

“It looks like a replica,” Angels outfielder Taylor Ward told The Athletic last week. “It feels kind of like papery. It could be great when you’re out there sweating, it may be breathable. But I haven’t had that opportunity yet to try that out. But from the looks of it, it doesn’t look like a $450 jersey. So far, thumbs down.”

 

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is reportedly working to address the issue before the regular season kicks off next month. MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark is urging patience as they navigate this unexpected uniform debacle.

“Any time there’s change, there’s an adjustment period. Sometimes that adjustment period goes well, sometimes not so much. In this instance, there appear to be some misses that could have otherwise not been misses,” Clark told The Athletic on Tuesday.

 

The partnership between MLB and Nike began in 2019, when they signed a 10-year deal that saw Nike take over from Majestic Athletic, the previous jersey manufacturer since 1982. The transition signaled a new era for MLB apparel, as Nike brought its expertise and innovation to the field.

“Nike and Fanatics Group is going to come through spring training facilities in the weeks ahead and find ways to work around the margins and modify the jerseys,” Jon Morosi from MLB Network told NBC News on Tuesday.

The controversy is there, they can’t run from this, and now fans and players alike are waiting to see how the league will respond. Will we see the uniforms undergo a redesign before MLB Opening Day, or will players and coaches have to deal with it and adjust?

One thing is for sure: MLB teams and fans are not happy! The conversation around MLB uniforms has never been as animated as it is right now! As we edge closer to the season’s start, all eyes are on how the league will deal with this unexpected curveball! But yeah, the uniforms are awful! This is unacceptable!

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