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Dodgers News: MLB Plans on Modifying Uniforms After Player Complaints

Major League Baseball is going to try and fix its uniform problem. According to a memo obtained Sunday night by ESPN, MLB plans to address the fiasco after widespread complaints from players and fans about its redesigned Nike/Fanatics uniforms.

In a memo distributed to the MLB Players Association, the most prominent modifications include a return to larger lettering on the backs of jerseys, remedying mismatched gray tops and bottoms, fixes to the pants (which tend to be see-through), and addressing the new jerseys’ propensity to collect sweat.

The pants have caused many issues — the see-through fabric, inconsistent tailoring, and blowouts players believed were unnecessary. Players were notified of the upcoming changes that will be made by the start of the 2025 season at the latest.

Nike’s partnership with MLB began in 2019 when it took over as the league’s official uniform supplier as part of a 10-year, $1 billion deal for MLB, and received all the blame for the issues addressed in the memo.

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

“We cautioned Nike against various changes when they previewed them in 2022, particularly regarding pants,” the union memo said. “MLB had been, and has been, aware of our concerns as well. Unfortunately, until recently Nike’s position has essentially boiled down to — ‘nothing to see here, Players will need to adjust.’ “

MLB declined to comment. Nike did not offer immediate comment when reached by ESPN. Fanatics did not respond to a request for comment. The MLBPA declined to comment.

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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