Since 2004, Majestic has been the official sponsor of Major League Baseball’s apparel, creating the uniforms, and other gear, for each of the league’s 30 teams but next season Nike will take over these duties. Well, earlier this week Nike rolled out the look of the new jerseys for the 2020 season, with teams posting their new threads to social media outlets, and fans weren’t happy about one new little change.
Nike, the brand most recognized by its swoosh logo, will feature a small version of the design on the front of all jerseys, on the top right of the chest. That might not sound like much but given that Majestic put their small logo on the sleeve for over a decade and a half, it’s causing a buzz – because, you know, everyone on social media these days needs a reason to be “triggered” before moving on to the next thing. Immediately following Monday’s announcement, people took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
Keep in mind too, professional baseball is a 150 year old sport rooted deep in tradition, so whenever something is updated or changed people feel the need to complain. Just imagine how it’ll be when the designated hitter is incorporated into the National League.
The in-game supplier placing the logo on the front of the jersey is nothing new in North American professional sports, as other sports leagues, like the National Basketball Association, have incorporated the manufacturer’s logo onto the front of the jersey for years now.
As with just about anything on social media these days, it’s really not that big of a deal. People are going to lose their minds when advertisements get put on the jersey in the future, like in the NBA. The good news is that we’re currently in the midst of MLB’s hot stove and there’s just 63 days until the start of Spring Training, at which point no one will even remember about this somewhat bizarre swoosh outrage.