MLB to modify Nike brand uniforms after complaints from players and fans

MLB to modify Nike brand uniforms after complaints from players and fans

Major League Baseball (MLB) plans to modify its Nike uniforms for the start of the 2025 season following complaints from players and fans this spring, according to an ESPN report.

Changes will include restoring larger letters to nameplates and fixing mismatched gray tops and bottoms, pants that are sometimes see-through, and fabrics that look different when players sweat.

The changes were detailed in a memo distributed to players by the MLB Players Association on Sunday and will take effect in early 2025.

The report says the memo placed the blame on Nike and its new performance-focused Vapor Premier uniform. The union declined to comment to The Associated Press.

“This has been entirely a Nike problem”, the memo to the players said. “In essence, what happened here is that Nike was innovating something that didn’t need to be innovated.”

The union said Fanatics, which makes Nike-designed uniforms, was not to blame.

The memo said Fanatics “recognizes the vital importance of soliciting feedback from players, getting buy-in, and not being afraid to have difficult conversations about jerseys. Our hope is that, in the future, Nike will take a similar approach.”

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