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Following a call from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last week calling “ I want to help deliver the masks and gowns to frontline workers across the PA, ” Michael Rubin tweeted that he had to act. Knew. Fanatics executive chairman, who produces the official Major League Baseball uniform, has contacted MLB Commissioner Robman Fred to allow production of the league jersey to be discontinued in Easton, PA. The factory will instead begin to create the very necessary personal protective equipment [PPE] for health professionals fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
Depending on the current situation in the United States, Fanatic robes and masks are made of pinstripe material. Both Phillies and the Yankees are participating.
“The crisis of COVID-19 calls for Japan to be more cooperative, innovative and strategic than ever before,” Rubin said in a statement.
Woke up at midnight last week with the idea of transforming the official @MLB jersey into a facility to make the necessary masks and gowns and transforming PA’s @Fanatics factory, which donates to fight this terrifying virus. pic.twitter.com/r6FAxUdlgH
— Michael Rubin [@MichaelGRubin] March 26, 2020
The current goal is up to one million masks and gowns, and in addition to reducing the production of their athlete’s jerseys, MLB covers the cost of medical apparel.
MLB and Fanatics are by no means alone in shifting gear to make up for the lack of PPE for nurses, physicians, and first responders. Other companies that have pledged to support the world include Joanne, Gap, Canada Goose, Ford, General Motors, Ralph Lauren in partnership with Tesla, Neiman Marcus, and Prada and LVMH in Europe.
Today was one of the great celebrations for baseball fans: opening day. However, the league threw a virtual opening day by streaming 30 classic games, but the season will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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