Factory Switches From MLB Uniforms to Masks

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

For now, these masks and gowns will get distributed to hospitals and medical workers throughout Pennsylvania as long as the need exists.

"The COVID-19 crisis has compelled our country to be more collaborative, innovative and strategic than ever before", said Rubin in a statement obtained by Newsweek.

We're proud to partner with @mlb to launch a new initiative supporting healthcare workers and emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 surges and face a drastic need for masks and hospital gowns. There is now a need for masks and gowns due to the response to the Coronavirus.

Known for being an officially licensed retailer of things like NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball gear, among other stuff, Fanatics is taking a step back from producing some of their typical things to give back during the coronavirus outbreak.

Posting a picture of a worker at the company's Easton, Pa., facility in a jersey-gown with Philadelphia Phillies pinstripes, he said the company has 100 employees working on the masks and gowns, made from fabric that would've been used for Major League Baseball jerseys. We are utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to immediately begin making masks and gowns out of the exact same jersey fabric that the players wear on the field.

Fanatics co-founder Michael Rubin - also a part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils - said in a Twitter thread Thursday that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he needed Rubin's help getting equipment to frontline health care workers.

"We hope this effort can play a part in coming together as a community to help us through this challenging situation", Manfred said. However, they are likely to provide some protection in the absence of anything else.

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