What Patches are the Ballplayers Wearing in their Opening Day Games?

If you’re watching tonight’s Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees you may have noticed both teams have players wearing several patches on their jerseys. You may have asked yourself, what are those patches?

I’m here to answer!

Both clubs tonight are wearing up to two small white rectangular patches on their sleeves, the Yankees are wearing them on their left sleeve and the Nationals on their right.

The two patches are identical in design but read two different things, one patch reads “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and the other “UNITED FOR CHANGE”, see the photo below from Paul Lukas for a better look.

Players have the option of wearing neither, one, or both patches. It seems most have opted to wear both, as seen in the photo above.

The New York Yankees are wearing an additional patch showing the initials HGS in white on a black oval. This is a season-long patch they will wear in memory of former part-owner Hank G. Steinbrenner who died back in April of this year.

Washington is wearing their special edition World Series Champions uniform which features gold trim throughout as well as a 2019 World Champions patch on one sleeve and a single gold star (for their first World title) on the other. This is a temporary uniform, the Nats will likely only wear it for tonight’s game.

You can see all the special patches and new uniform changes during the 2020 MLB season via our 2020 MLB Logo & Uniform Recap post.