In full disclosure I have a vested interest in Fanatics, a sports apparel and retailer of licensed sportswear, merchandise and more for over 300 NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, MLS & EPL partners as well as NASCAR and others.  My son Brandon is Public Relations director for the company and usually works out of their New York City office but like most is now working from home.

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Anyway, you might have come across stories about a joint initiative between Fanatics and Major League Baseball designed to support healthcare workers and emergency personnel deep into the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus.  Aware of the urgent and immediate need for masks and hospital gowns the company has stopped production of official MLB jerseys and repurposed its manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to begin making masks and gowns.  They will be produced with the same exact jersey fabric that the players wear on the field with initial production made from Yankees and Phillies fabrics.

Fanatics Executive Chairman Michael Rubin said his company “is 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.”  He added that production of up to one million masks and gowns is well underway.

The first products were shipped last week to hospitals and emergency workers throughout Pennsylvania and plans call for distribution of gowns and masks across New York and New Jersey in coming weeks.