Why you haven’t seen the A’s play in their alternate kelly green jerseys

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Part of the reason the A’s are looking particularly gray on this season-opening trip is because they don’t have their popular kelly green alternate jerseys in hand yet.

It’s not just A’s that start with a tighter wardrobe. A Fanatics spokesperson said the sportswear maker is still working to provide alternate uniforms for all 30 major league teams.

Fanatics makes uniforms for 2,200 players, coaches and minor league players, and takes those measurements during spring training, the spokesperson said. Because spring training started late due to the Major League Baseball lockdown, the company had less time to put uniforms back on after measuring players who showed up for camp.

Fanatics were given three weeks to make uniforms before the season instead of the normal six weeks, the spokesperson said, and he prioritized home and road primary jerseys for each team. The company, which manufactures uniforms in Easton, Pa., has notified clubs of the decision and plans to ship alternate uniforms over the next few weeks.

The A’s kelly green jerseys have been a hit with players and fans since the team introduced them ahead of the 2018 season. They were originally worn for Friday night home games, but the team has since started wearing them more often and regularly donned them at home and on the road last season. The team wore kelly green jerseys for Cactus League games this spring, but these were unnamed and not personalized.

As a quirk of MLB’s reworked post-lockdown schedule, the A’s start this season with a 10-game trip — their longest open streak as a road team. Their home opener is Monday night against the Orioles, and their first home weekend series is April 22-24 against the Rangers. The One A employee expressed hope to have the alternate shirts on hand during the first homestand, but it is not yet known when they will arrive.

Matt Kawahara covers the A’s for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @matthewkawahara

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