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MLB’s new ‘advanced’ uniforms by Nike and Fanatics spark controversy over see-through pants

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The Major League Baseball (MLB) rolled out new uniforms for the 2024 season, but instead of a home run, they struck out with a major design flaw. The uniforms, a collaboration between sportswear giant Nike and sports apparel company Fanatics, have sparked a firestorm of controversy due to the see-through nature of the pants.



More than 300 players participated in body scans during the design process, with the goal of creating the "most advanced" uniforms in MLB history, according to Nike. However, the execution seems to have fallen short.


The transparency of the pants became a major sticking point. Fans and players alike took to social media to express their dissatisfaction. The thin material was so revealing that jersey tags tucked into the waistband were clearly visible. Photo day further amplified the issue, as logos from compression shorts worn underneath were on full display through the pants.


Fashion experts have weighed in, suggesting that the use of the same lightweight fabric for both jerseys and pants might be the culprit. They proposed a heavier, more tightly woven material for the pants to provide more coverage.


While MLB officials maintain that the new uniforms boast improved mobility and comfort, the transparency issue has overshadowed these potential benefits. The MLB Players Association has confirmed they are relaying player concerns about the new pants directly to the league.


With the season still young, it remains to be seen if any adjustments will be made to address the controversy. Whether a fabric change or a complete redesign is in order, one thing is certain: MLB's quest for cutting-edge uniforms has turned into a case of see-through shenanigans.




Image: Scott Anderson | Dreamstime.com


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