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Fanatics CEO Responds to Critics of New MLB Jerseys

Photo by Fanatics Inc.

Major League Baseball announced that new uniforms would be issued to ball clubs for the 2024 season. The head manufacturer for those jerseys is Fanatics. Nike took over as MLB's official uniform supplier before the 2020 season and kept Fanatics as the manufacturer.


Once spring training was underway, not only fans displayed their displeasure, but the players themselves have. On more than one account have we seen “see through” pants, cheap looking jerseys, and the lettering being much smaller.

 

Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, spoke out yesterday on the continued criticism regarding the uniforms.


"A difficult position for us - we're doing everything as we've been told and we're getting the s*** kicked out of us, So that's not fun."
"Biggest thing I probably learned is if we're in evolved in something, we need to make sure that everybody better be on board. ... They got certain players on board, not all players on board," he added.

via The Boston Globe

 

The backlash has been strong and fierce. It is unclear whether or not Major League Baseball has any interest in taking the backlash into consideration. However, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated that it would take time to get used to the jerseys and how they were made for performance. Social media has been the number one source for fans to make their opinions known, and they’ve made enough noise to get Rubin’s attention.

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