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MLB Planning To Modify Uniforms Ahead Of 2025 Season Following Multiple Complaints 

Major League Baseball (MLB) is planning to modify its uniforms ahead of the 2025 season following complaints from both players and fans, according to reports

The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) sent a memo to players stating that the league is planning to make modifications to the uniforms including “a return to larger lettering on the back of jerseys, remedying mismatched gray tops and bottoms and addressing the new Nike jerseys’ propensity to collect sweat.” 

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The league also wants to fix the pants, as a lot of players complained about them being see-through. Players and fans were also concerned over the new jerseys that were worn during spring training and at the start of the season, which is what led MLBPA executive director Tony Clark to talk about the pants. 

“A lot of the rhetoric is confirmation that the pants are see-through. It’s been an ongoing conversation where each day has yielded something new that doesn’t seem to make as much sense as you would like it. Universal concern is the pants.”

Back in 2019, the MLB, Nike, and Fanatics announced a 10-year partnership when Fanatics began to manufacture the on-field player uniforms for Nike in 2020.

In the recent memo sent out regarding the uniform changes, the union absolves Fanatics of any blame regarding the uniforms. 

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“[We] recognize the vital importance of soliciting Player feedback, obtaining Player buy-in and not being afraid to have difficult conversations about jerseys or trading cards. Our hope is that, moving forward, Nike will take a similar approach.”

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

“We cautioned Nike against various changes when they previewed them in 2022, particularly regarding pants,” the memo added. 

“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.’”