- As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball will now allow advertising on uniforms.
- The ads will be in the form of patches worn on players’ jerseys and decals on their helmets.
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Major League Baseball’s owners and players finally came to an agreement on Thursday that will see the regular season get underway on April 7th.
As a result of the 99 day lockout and the negotiations that took place there will be numerous changes to the game in 2022. One of those changes will be the addition of advertising on the players’ uniforms and helmets.
Other changes that will be made include a universal designated hitter, the banning of shifts in the infield, implementing a pitch clock, a 12-team postseason, the top two division winners earning first round playoff byes, and in 2023, MLB will be making the size of the bases larger.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also apologized to baseball fans on Thursday, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Fans aren’t thrilled with MLB now allowing advertising on jerseys and helmets
“I know that the last few months have been difficult,” Manfred said. “There was a lot of uncertainty, at a point in time when there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. Sort of the way the process of collective bargaining works sometimes, but I do apologize for it.
“One of the good things about collective bargaining is that it gives our players an opportunity to have input on what their workplace in the game is gonna look like going forward. And they took full opportunity to provide that input during these negotiations. Our players are great, great athletes. I respect them, and I respect the input that we’ve received from them during this process. And we really did learn a lot.”
Did they? Did they really?
Several of these new changes have already been mocked widely by baseball fans. Not necessarily because they are bad ideas, but because Major League Baseball has just made it so easy for fans to mock it.
— Man-cave of Steal (🏃🏿💨🧤) (@rickey939) March 7, 2022
— Hello Franchise (@FranchiseLOS) March 9, 2022
Baseball fans are now equally having fun with the fact that Major League Baseball will now be allowing advertising on jerseys with patches and helmets with decals.
— Saul Kaplan (@skap5) March 11, 2022
Re the MLB agreement, this was the first thing that came to mind when I read an ESPN report saying, "Player uniforms will feature advertising for the first time, with patches on jerseys and decals on batting helmets." pic.twitter.com/6P6ESn6bnx
— Phil Luciano (@LucianoPhil) March 10, 2022
What company's logo would you want to see on the Dodgers uniforms if MLB had advertising patches? pic.twitter.com/k69xC9sSF4
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) February 17, 2022
Mostly though, as usual, they’re just mad.
@MLB If you all go to uniform and helmet advertising, I am truly done with baseball and the greed. Talk about ruining the game. You have done a really good job of that already, this will be the death blow for baseball. You are gonna lose ALOT of fans. @MLBPA take note as well.
— Shark0476 (@shark0476) March 7, 2022
Can’t wait to see the uniform advertising MLB teams whip up with their partners in gambling, dick pills, and crypto
— Patrick (@McJustTweeted) March 11, 2022
Advertising on uniforms? Are we serious? Is this friggin' soccer? I don't ever want to hear about "integrity of the game" from MLB again. I do not want uniforms soiled by walking billboards nor the playing field to turn into Times Square. (5/10)
— Christopher Barger 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 (@cbarger) March 10, 2022
“For the first time in MLB history, the league's player uniforms will reportedly feature advertising.” I’m out – #FireManfred
— JPaulNorton (@JPaulNorton) March 11, 2022
Wtf, advertising on uniforms?! MLB has just jumped the shark.
— Hatch (@Dwn_the_Hatch) March 11, 2022