Un­der Ar­mour comes to the plate a year early

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

Un­der Ar­mour will take over from Ma­jes­tic Ath­letic as the sup­plier of Ma­jor League Base­ball uni­forms in 2019, a year ear­lier than pre­vi­ously sched­uled.

Fa­nat­ics Inc. and MLB an­nounced an agree­ment in De­cem­ber that gave the com­pany li­cens­ing rights to man­u­fac­ture and dis­trib­ute mer­chan­dise start­ing in 2020. Fa­nat­ics signed a deal last month to buy VF Corp.’s Li­censed Sports Group and with it the 600worker Ma­jes­tic Ath­letic plant in Eas­ton, Pa., where team jer­seys and fan ap­parel are man­u­fac­tured.

Base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said Thurs­day that fan mer­chan­dise from Un­der Ar­mour will be avail­able next year and that Un­der Ar­mour will be used for dugout cloth­ing dur­ing the 2018 post-sea­son. The full switch to Un­der Ar­mour for on­field ap­parel will take place for the 2019 sea­son.

Ma­jes­tic has man­u­fac­tured MLB bat­ting prac­tice jer­seys since 1982 and has been the ex­clu­sive sup­plier of game uni­forms since 2005. Be­fore that, uni­forms were man­u­fac­tured by both Ma­jes­tic and Rus­sell.

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