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New MLB Uniforms Flop on Opening Day

  • The league’s new uniforms—produced by Fanatics and designed by Nike—received backlash from fans Thursday.
  • Players sweat through their jerseys, and pants remain see-through.
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Nike, Fanatics, and MLB all said they would make some adjustments to their new uniforms by Opening Day.

“We’re purely doing exactly as we’ve been told, and we’ve been told we’re doing everything exactly right,” said Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, adding that his company just followed Nike’s directions. “And we’re getting the s*** kicked out of us. So that’s not fun.”

As many fans tuned in for the first time Thursday for Opening Day, it appears the “s***kicking” will continue. The adjustments do not seem to have made much of a difference.

In February, Fanatics and Nike unveiled new uniforms that created a public uproar over their see-through pants and overall cheaply made look.

On Thursday, the Yankees’ iconic road grays had visible sweat stains. (The new jerseys were supposed to be more breathable.)

Teams playing in home whites still seem to have the see-through pant issue. Players on the Mariners and Rangers, at least, had their jerseys clearly visible at the top of their pants.

Fans also noticed that the Angels jerseys don’t appear to match. The jerseys show up as a darker shade of gray than the pants.

MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark said in February that he wanted to get something done about the pants during spring training. “I’d hate to be in a place where we’re still having conversations about some of the challenges we’re having in that regard once the lights come on for real,” Clark said.

The lights have come on for real, and the pants are still see-through.

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