Wife portrays Carlos Rodon the face of fight against MLB uniform fiasco

Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodon is sweating heavily in the new Nike jersey in Houston on March 29, 2024.
Michael Bennington
Tuesday April 30, 2024

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The Major League Baseball community has found itself embroiled in a sartorial saga, with New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodon inadvertently becoming the poster child for the league’s uniform debacle. Throughout the season, the pitcher’s drenched jerseys have drawn comparisons to someone emerging from a water park, with his season debut against the Houston Astros on March 29th serving as a prime illustration.

Carlos Rodon’s wife, Ashley, has playfully embraced her husband’s newfound role, dubbing him the “face for the fight against the new uniforms” when news outlets prominently featured photos of her drenched spouse following MLB’s announcement.

While the excessive moisture on Carlos Rodon’s uniform during that indoor game at the climate-controlled Minute Maid Park was visually striking, the pitcher himself dismisses the notion that he perspires more than the average player. Instead, the culprit behind the soaked appearance seems to be the new Nike uniforms, produced by Fanatics, which have been the subject of widespread complaints from players across the league.

Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodon returns to dugout after throwing five innings to the Astros in Houston on March 29, 2024.

The criticisms leveled against these uniforms range from the fabric’s ineffectiveness in wicking away sweat to poorly designed aesthetics. Common grievances include lettering that appears too small and poorly spaced on nameplates, mismatched colors between jerseys and pants that create an unkempt appearance, and even a concerning level of transparency in certain areas that leaves little to the imagination.

Amid the uproar, reports suggest that MLB is cognizant of the widespread criticism and plans to implement significant changes to the uniforms before the 2025 season. However, for the remainder of the current campaign, Carlos Rodon will likely remain the unintended symbol of the uniform’s shortcomings.

“I guess. I didn’t realize it,” the pitcher told the Daily News. “It is what it is. It’s kind of one of those things that we don’t have much control over. We just put on the jersey, go play. I’m out there competing. I’m not thinking about my jersey.”

Carlos Rodon admits uniform frustrations

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Acknowledging the situation with a hint of amusement, Carlos Rodon chuckled when asked if he was aware of his newfound status as a uniform reform advocate. While acknowledging the situation, he emphasized that as players, they have little control over such matters. Carlos Rodon reiterated that his primary focus remains on pitching and contributing to the team’s success, rather than the specifics of his uniform.

“I would have liked it to happen sooner,” he said. “But I understand the ins and outs of that. It could be one, costly and two, take a while, and things can go wrong.”

Even though Carlos Rodon does not consider himself an excessive sweater, he has undoubtedly noticed the accumulation of moisture in the new uniforms, even on cooler days. He described a feeling of heaviness as the jersey absorbed sweat, prompting him to change jerseys whenever necessary to maintain comfort and performance.

While not a major inconvenience for him, Carlos Rodon expressed a clear preference for avoiding mid-game uniform changes. He acknowledged the complexities of addressing the uniform issues promptly, including potential costs, time constraints, and unforeseen complications. Ideally, the pitcher would have preferred to see the situation resolved sooner.

In a moment of creative thinking, Carlos Rodon pondered the possibility of wearing older Yankees jerseys as the weather gets warmer. However, he recognized the potential violation of contractual or league regulations associated with such a move.

“Rules are rules,” Carlos Rodon explained highlighting his respect for regulations. “They’re meant to be followed.” This statement underscores his willingness to adapt to the situation while subtly emphasizing his desire for a swifter resolution to the uniform problems.

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One thought on “Wife portrays Carlos Rodon the face of fight against MLB uniform fiasco

  1. This is an example of the owners’ Excessive Greed for mega dollar$ overwhelming the simple precaution of First Thoroughly Field Testing the Damn Uniforms BEFORE they were used at the MLB level! For example, they could have field-tested them in the FLORIDA minor league sites, where it’s F-ing HOT. But that would have required something resembling common sense, something owners don’t excel at. So, Screw That! Just throw ’em on the players at the MLB level and “SHOW (US) THE MONEY!!!”

    Traditionally, the “manufacturer’s” name or logo went on the player’s sleeve. But the owners prostituted themselves for Big Buck$ to allow Nike to put their swoosh on the front of every uniform, marring the simple majesty of the Yankees pinstripes with a disgusting advertising logo.

    But what makes the placement of the Nike swoosh So Unbelievably STUPID is that the swoosh is supposed to symbolize or represent great speed. So, a swoosh on a player’s sleeve makes perfect sense, but it makes Almost Zero Sense on a player’s chest, in terms of representing speed in action.

    So, instead of placing the swoosh on the arm of a pitcher throwing 100 mph, or the arm of position player hitting a ball 400 feet with his powerful, muscular arms, the swoosh sits there, much like a couch potato, pretty much representing nothing but corporate greed, while the player’s arms & legs do all the real swooshing.

    Nike, of course, just wanted the additional exposure the swoosh offered on the front of the uniform. But what they might not have considered is how many fans DEEPLY RESENT them Defiling the Yankees’ Pinstripes with their stupid swoosh. For myself, I will NEVER BUY ANY NIKE PRODUCT until that stupid swoosh is off the front of the Yankees’ beautiful pinstripes, and their formally attractive road grays–you know, the ones that didn’t look like bathing-suit tops from the 1880s.

    And I’m laughing at the Gross Incompetence of both Nike & Fanatics in creating the shittiest possible uniforms to wear in the heat since players wore Wool Uniforms in the summer heat. Of course, at least wool was a natural, breathable product & not the synthetic crap that the idiots at Nike & Fanatics came up with.

    Given how horrible these uniforms are to wear in even relatively minor heat, the owners should demand that ALL NIKE & FANATICS EXECUTIVES wear dress & casual shirts made of the same shitty material every day, including weekends, since baseball is played 7-days a week.

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