MLB Opening Day Canceled, But Fanatics Hits Homer In Fight Against COVID-19

MLB’s Opening Day came and went without a pitch thrown, ball batted or a fan in the stands. We can attribute this unprecedented occurrence to the coronavirus and the way it has paralyzed a nation. Many people, including our very own Rob Parker, took it hard. 

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Just because games aren’t being played doesn’t mean that MLB and its corporate associates aren’t engaged in what’s happening and finding ways to help ease the strain of the virus on the country.  

Fanatics, the top provider of MLB hats, jerseys and other merchandise is taking the lead in a big way. 

Fanatics will be using the jersey material the company has on hand to create masks and gowns, which are in short supply for medical workers on the front lines of the pandemic. 

Michael Rubin, the executive director of Fanatics, said the idea came to him last week and he got approval and assistance from  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to make it happen. 

 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro reached out to Rubin in a desperate attempt to get gowns and masks for healthcare workers dealing with patients. 

“The COVID-19 crisis has compelled our country to be more collaborative, innovative and strategic than ever before,” Rubin said in a statement to MLB.com. “As the demand for masks and gowns has surged, we’re 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.”

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.