MLB Fans and Players Disapprove of New Jerseys

Major League Baseball players will be wearing new jerseys this season, but some fans and players are already expressing their disapproval.


Fans Criticize Jerseys for Looking Cheap

Fans are voicing complaints about the new MLB jerseys, which were designed by Nike and manufactured by Fanatics. Many fans believe that the jerseys look cheap, with flimsy fabric and smaller lettering. Some team logos and insignias are no longer stitched onto the jersey but are instead embroidered on patches, giving them a less classic feel.

For example, the St. Louis Cardinals' logo is now on a patch instead of being directly embroidered on the jersey. The same goes for the Philadelphia Phillies' logo. Fans are expressing their dissatisfaction with the new jerseys, calling them 'absolute trash' and 'knockoff jersey from T.J. Maxx.'

Players Complain about Limited Options

MLB players are also criticizing the new jerseys for having fewer tailored options, particularly when it comes to pants. The players' union has reportedly raised concerns about the jerseys to Nike and MLB. However, the Major League Baseball Players' Association did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

Die-hard sports fans pay close attention to team uniforms, and even the slightest design change can upset traditionalists. The nostalgia tied to baseball makes any alterations to jerseys particularly cringe-worthy.

Fanatics Faces Backlash Over Quality and Control

While Nike designed the new jerseys, Fanatics has come under fire from passionate sports fans. Fanatics has exclusive licensing deals with professional sports leagues and has gained control over the sports apparel and memorabilia market.

Fans have complained about receiving jerseys and gear with incorrect names or numbers, poor fabric quality, and incorrect team colors. Some fans are also angry about the limited selection and high prices associated with Fanatics products.

The dissatisfaction with sports merchandise quality is part of a larger perception about paying more for less, a trend known as shrinkflation. Fans are increasingly feeling priced out of the sports industry, with rising ticket prices making it difficult for many to afford attending games.