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New Fanatics MLB Jerseys Receive Backlash

The flowers are blooming. Winter is coming to a close. The temperature is getting ready for America’s Pastime. 

With the new season set to kick off in the coming weeks, there is no shortage of news coming out of the woodwork. One of which is the new jerseys as a part of the new Fanatics/Nike partnership this year. They remodel the uniforms for MLB teams and let’s just say, it has not been the most well-received endeavor by the MLB recently.

The newer MLB jerseys seem to have changed the fonts, the size of the numbers, the outlines of the numbers themselves, and the spacing between letters. Multiple players have complained about their new uniforms already.

In a quote from Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Athletic, from Los Angeles Angels Carlos Estevez, Estevez says he is uncomfortable with the pants and is unable to get them customized. Multiple players share this same sentiment which leaves the outfits uncomfortable and not made to the players' liking as they have been in recent years.

Miles Mikolas said to the St. Louis dispatch: “I don’t like them. Everyone should write about it.”

Nike has had an issue in recent years that they’re fixing a system that doesn’t need a fix. There was a ton of backlash from their “City Connect” jersey even if a few of them were good. They also didn’t take much player input for the update of the material that went into the fabric of the clothing. Another issue is that the City Connect jerseys replaced a ton of fan-favorite alternate uniforms that teams would wear on occasion. There have also been a ton of recent anonymous players outside of the two listed that have complained about the uniforms.

“It looks like a replica,” Angels outfielder Taylor Ward told The Athletic. “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-dollar jersey.” Fans also haven’t taken the “update” warmly.

Some have said that this change leaves too much clutter and not enough space for the numbers and that there is a feeling that Nike is fixing what doesn’t need to be fixed. These feel like a cheap slight to the fans. Of course, a major issue doesn’t come with the jerseys themselves, but with the price of acquiring an authentic one.

Prices have jumped in recent years from $100 to up to $120 to now $175. It is harder for casual, minimum-wage, or non-rich fans to acquire their favorite team's piece of merchandise. They feel as if it is almost worth it to just save the money and buy a t-shirt with the player's name on it. It isn’t about the uniforms themselves but it still provides a massive issue especially when the jumps in price aren’t equalling a jump in quality from a fans’ perspective.


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