MLB has no plans to abandon custom All-Star jerseys

Bad news for fans who didn’t like the special uniforms the players wore during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game: they’ll also be back in some form next year.

The special uniforms proved controversial, with many fans expressing their dislike for the shirts the AL and NL players wore during Tuesday’s game. Many have wondered why players can’t just wear the appropriate uniform on or off the team they play for, as has been the custom in previous All-Star games.

Despite some of the blowback, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday that there were “no plans” to return to team jerseys for the game, and that MLB and Nike are already working on designs for the game. uniforms for the 2022 All-Star Game. .

Why might MLB stick with an unpopular design? Nike has taken over as MLB’s jersey supplier in 2020, which has already led to other unique looks. There’s no doubt that the company sees the All-Star Game as a way to put its mark on the sport in a way that wouldn’t be possible if players wore only their regular uniforms. That means the specials might be here to stay.

Neal T. Doss