As the United States continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, MLB uniform supplier Fanatics is shifting production of jerseys to personal protective equipment–with the distinctive pinstriping of baseball duds, of course.
Fanatics has devoted manufacturing capabilities in its Easton, PA plant to masks and hospital gowns:
We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We’re utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUa
— Fanatics (@Fanatics) March 26, 2020
This is not an ideal situation, of course: If you were to choose the best materials for personal protective equipment, you would not start with the polyester mesh used for jerseys. But at a time when personal protective equipment like face masks and hospital gowns are in short supply, every little bit helps, and these masks and gowns are aimed rated at Level 1, which means they are deployed in low-risk situations. If it matters, the pinstripes come from New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies home jerseys, with the gear earmarked for Pennsylvania-area hospitals. The goal is to hit 5,000 masks and gowns a day, with more requests for masks.
Photos courtesy Fanatics, via Twitter.
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