Yankees’ sweat-fest puts spotlights on MLB jersey woes causing fan uproar

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

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With pictures of the Yankees stars sweating profusely all over, the controversy surrounding the new MLB jerseys, produced by Fanatics, has flared up again. These uniforms, previously criticized during spring training for their see-through pants, faced renewed scrutiny from Yankees fans due to their apparent inability to handle player perspiration.

Several Yankees players, including slugger Aaron Judge, pitcher Aaron Judge, and reliever Jonathan Loaisiga, were visibly battling sweat-drenched jerseys throughout the game. Judge’s jersey displayed prominent sweat marks around his shoulders and biceps, while Loaisiga faced similar issues with sweat penetrating the fabric near his armpit. Even Yankees catcher Jose Trevino wasn’t spared, with sweat spreading across the back of his jersey near his chest protector.

Yankees fans slam sweat-soaked jerseys

Social media platforms like Twitter were abuzz with disgruntled Yankees fans voicing their concerns. Many expressed disappointment with the Fanatics jerseys, highlighting the unappealing appearance of sweat stains as a reason to revisit conversations about the jerseys’ quality. Others echoed these sentiments, emphasizing how readily the jerseys seemed to absorb sweat, a factor impacting not only aesthetics but potentially player comfort during gameplay.

MLB jerseys: A tale of discontent and adaptation

Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Alex Verdugo celebrate as the Yankees beat the Astros 5-4 in Houston on March 28, 2024.

The rollout of the new MLB jerseys, a collaboration between Nike and Fanatics as part of the league’s uniform deal, has encountered some turbulence. Announced in 2019 and implemented in 2020, the jerseys have drawn criticism from the MLB Players Association regarding sizing and color accuracy, as reported by The Athletic.

Angels outfielder Taylor Ward even went so far as to compare the jerseys to cheap knock-offs rather than high-quality athletic wear.

The situation seems to be causing frustration on both sides. According to The Athletic, Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin expressed his discontent at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on March 1st. Despite adhering to Nike’s designs and specifications, Fanatics has faced ongoing challenges and negative feedback. Rubin acknowledged the frustration, emphasizing that criticisms typically stemmed from actual issues, not simply subjective dislike.

One key takeaway from Rubin’s comments is the need for more player involvement in future design changes. However, he remains optimistic that the Nike jerseys will eventually gain wider acceptance.

During the conference, Rubin explained the manufacturing process. Nike provides the designs and detailed specifications, and Fanatics is responsible for replicating them faithfully. Both Nike and MLB officials confirmed that Fanatics has been following these guidelines strictly. Rubin also acknowledged the discomfort that often accompanies uniform changes, suggesting fans and players may need time to adjust to the new aesthetics.

Unfortunately, even after the start of the regular season, Fanatics continues to face criticism. While the Yankees secured exciting victories on both Opening Day and the following Friday, the focus for some remains on the jerseys rather than the on-field action.

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2 thoughts on “Yankees’ sweat-fest puts spotlights on MLB jersey woes causing fan uproar

  1. This is yet another example of the MLB Owners putting G-R-E-E-D ahead of all else.

    It wasn’t bad enough that they allowed Nike to put their stupid swoosh on the front of each uniform, now they’ve allowed them to create SUBSTANDARD uniforms for the players that may restrict their movement when said Crappy Uniforms become sweat soaked. Great job, you Greedy Nitwits!

    I sincerely hope that MLB teams LOSE Millions in Lost Sales because of the Owners’ Greed-based Stupidity!

    The Yankees’ role in promoting Greed was epitomized by the fact that the 2nd game of the 2024 season was televised ONLY on Apple TV. That’s a heck of an F you to Yankee fans, Hal.

    I’ve Paid a tremendous amount of money for 20+ years to see ALL Yankee games that weren’t on free TV (ESPN, Fox, Channel 11, etc.) Now, for the past few years, Hal & Co. have said F the Fans, making them buy a bunch of streaming services on top of the YES Network, if they want to see every game.

    Well, I for one, won’t pay one more penny beyond my YES fees to see games, and, as I wrote to the Yankees last year, I will not step foot in the Stadium until they STOP trying to Bilk Every Penny they can out of their loyal fans.

    Marie Antoinette allegedly said, “Let them eat cake” to starving Persians. And, hopefully, baseball fans will say to Hal & Co. & the other MLB Owners, “Let them eat their Fanatically Crappy Nike Jerseys!”

  2. Years ago, before Majestic, Wilson was the brand I believe. Well Wilson and Majestic are all the same, same as Nike and Under Armour. None make them in house, it is bid out to the low bidder to make them. At one point they were made in Baltimore by a company called Merrygarden, they were located right off of Rt 83 going into the city. That is when they were pretty good uniforms, it is a shame the big boys need to bid out the uniforms and can’t make them themselves. Low bid makes them, and they put which ever high price logo needs to go onto the uniforms.

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