MLB Uniform Maker Switches to Making Masks and Gowns

Jacquie Cadorette
March 29, 2020 - 2:42 pm

Fanatics, the company that makes uniforms for Major League Baseball, has switched gears and is now producing protective face masks and gowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have suspended their jersey production temporarily.

The company took to Twitter with the announcement. 

"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," the tweet reads.

Founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, Michael Rubin, was contacted by St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, PA as well as Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to talk about the possibility of the company beginning to manufacture masks and gowns. 

Fanatics developed the prototype and halted jersey production by Tuesday.

Rubin told the Associated Press that he quickly gained the blessing of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Rubin hopes to produce nearly 15,000 masks and gowns a day.

The production plant had been closed as a nonessential business, but has now brought about 100 workers back to produce the supplies. They're making single-use Level 1 masks used for low-risk, nonsurgical procedures. 

Rubin says of the project, "We're less worried about manufacturing jerseys and more worried about just saving lives."