In Major League Baseball, Players Are Not Feeling New Uniforms

In Major League Baseball, Players Are Not Feeling New Uniforms

Major League Baseball is dealing with an issue with its latest rollout of new uniforms made by Nike that have baseball players up in arms. The athletes are complaining that the latest uniforms look like replicas and feel cheap compared to previous uniforms and that the pants are see-through, according to ESPN.

The new uniforms by Nike but manufactured by Fanatics were labeled as “performance jerseys” when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred introduced them when they debuted at last year’s All-Star Game. Although many players reveal that the uniforms are lighter, they state that the “eggshell color” of the pants creates a see-through look.

“It’s disappointing that we’ve landed in a place where the uniforms are the topic of discussion,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said last week. “Each conversation with the guys is yielding more information with what we’re seeing.”

In a press release earlier this month, MLB announced that the Nike Vapor Premier jersey will “improve mobility, moisture management and fit while keeping sustainability in mind — bringing inspiration and innovation to athletes.” By using high-performance fabric (from at least 90% recycled polyester yarns), with moisture-wicking Dri-Fit ADV technology, is supposed to help keep the players cooler during the games.

“A lot of the rhetoric is confirmation that the pants are see-through,” Clark said. “It’s been an ongoing conversation where each day has yielded something new that doesn’t seem to make as much sense as you would like it.”

Clark has stated that due to the pants, some teams will have to go to get pants elsewhere until the issue is resolved. The players’ executive director even said that one of the players said he may have to purchase spare pants from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“Universal concern is the pant,” Clark said.

Meanwhile, Nike has released a statement about the issue that players are having with the newly made uniforms.

“The quality and the performance of our product is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to work with MLB, the players and our manufacturing partner to address player uniforms.”

In Major League Baseball, Players Are Not Feeling New Uniforms

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