MLB jerseys to be made into masks for medical workers fighting coronavirus
MLB team jerseys are being made into a million protective masks to support medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. The announcement was made on Thursday by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Fanatics mogul Michael Rubin, whose apparel company makes jerseys for the league.
Rubin’s Fanatics brand is the licensed apparel partner of all major sports leagues. It makes the MLB jerseys in a 360,000-square-foot plant in EAston, Penn.
He posted on Instagram of the idea to create the masks from the same material as the authentic baseball gear: “Woke up in the middle of the night last week with idea of converting our [Fanatics] factory in PA that makes official @MLB jerseys into a facility that makes much needed masks and gowns and then donating them to help fight this horrendous virus.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and attorney general Josh Shapiro each had contacted Rubin saying they needed support in supplying medical pros.
Rubin then pitched his plan to commissioner Manfred. The partnership will donate a million masks at $3 a piece to medical pros on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The roll-out will begin in Pennsylvania, before expanding to New York and New Jersey. MLB would be the first league to begin making the medical gear out of apparel as companies look for ways to help create materials for help fight the pandemic. The partners are working with experts from St. Luke’s hospital network in Pennsylvania.
The masks have Yankees blue — and Phillies red — pinstripes so far because of the material being used. We hear that further team fabrics could be used as well.
Said Rubin, who’s also a partner in the 76ers: ”Our brave frontline heroes need everyone’s help in this fight against COVID-19, and I’m glad Fanatics and MLB can assist in some capacity. I hope these million masks will help some of the shortages that Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are dealing with.”
He added in a statement: “The COVID-19 crisis has compelled our country to be more collaborative, innovative and strategic than ever before. As the demand for masks and gowns have surged, we’re fortunate to have teamed up with Major League Baseball to find a unique way to support our frontline workers in this fight to stem the virus, who are in dire need of essential resources.
“We immediately plan to start producing up to one million masks and gowns from the fabric used to make the official MLB jerseys and then donating to hospitals and emergency management personnel throughout Pennsylvania with the goal of expanding to New York and New Jersey.”
Manfred told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the league has also pledged millions to support ballpark employees who are out of work because of the season’s postponement. We hear that Rubin also was supported in the idea by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Source : Ian Mohr Link