In an apparent attempt to pander to the fans and jersey sales, Major League Baseball is attempting to force fun down it’s employees throats. Much like the “MyCauseMyCleats” initiative put forward by the NFL, the “Players Weekend” will give the ballplayers a chance to express themselves… as long as it’s the way the league wants them to.
The jersey’s are certainly different from what fans are accustomed to seeing on a nightly basis during Major League games.
They will feature alternative color schemes, and players will have to opportunity to have their nicknames printed on the back of their jersey.
If there is any league in professional sports that uses alternate or special edition uniforms throughout the season more than the MLB, I’ve never heard of it. It’s as if the University of Oregon football program multiplied itself 32 times and started playing baseball.
MLB produced special jerseys for nearly every holiday, which the players then wear over the course of a three-game series.
The players don’t always like it, either. You might recall pitcher Chris Sale cutting up his throwback jersey after refusing to wear it and being told he had to. He argued that it was uncomfortable, and that he didn’t feel he cut pitch in it.
All the same, baseball has to do something to invigorate a more youthful audience, and this is the kind of thing they hope will appeal to them.