The Red Sox will not be affected by the new uniform guidelines that are coming to Major League Baseball in 2023, a source confirmed to BloggingtheRedSox.com on Monday.
As was first revealed by Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III earlier this month, MLB and Nike, the league’s uniform manufacturer, are limiting teams to four different uniforms plus one “City Connect” jersey — if they have them — beginning this season.
This “Four Plus One” rule has already been implemented by other teams. The Mariners, for instance, were forced to act since they ran with a six-uniform rotation in 2022. They have elected to eliminate their road gray jerseys and spring training powder blue jerseys for the 2023 season, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Other teams are expected to follow suit and streamline their uniform rotations in the coming weeks, per MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo. The Red Sox, on the other hand, will maintain their regular four-uniform rotation consisting of home whites, home reds, road grays, and road blues plus the yellow, Boston Marathon-inspired City Connect Jersey that was first introduced in 2021.
The club will be permitted to wear its special white home jersey with “Boston” across the chest on Patriots’ Day since it is considered by MLB to be a one-day uniform. The same principle applies to the green spring training jerseys they wear on St. Patrick’s Day as well.
In addition to these new guidelines, MLB teams will also sport advertisements on their jerseys for the first time in league history beginning in 2023. The Red Sox will wear a MassMutual Logo patch on their jerseys after entering a 10-year contract in which the Springfield-based insurer will serve as the club’s signature sponsor.
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