The San Diego Padres today became the first Major League Baseball team to announce they’d be wearing an advertisement on their in-game jerseys.
No, it’s not Taco Bell… or McDonald’s.
As we reported a few weeks ago, commencing with the 2023 season, all Major League Baseball teams will be permitted to wear a 4″ x 4″ corporate advertisement logo as a patch on their jersey sleeves. This patch can appear on either the left or right jersey sleeve.
Today, the Padres announced they’d be wearing a Motorola logo on their right jersey sleeve, the patch is the Motorola “M” placed on a brown circle (hey, at least they re-coloured the logo to match the uniform — small victories, amiright?). The logo is noticeably larger than we’ve seen the other North American “Big 4″ leagues allow for this — the NBA caps at 2.5″, the NHL at 3.5”.
As stated by the league’s rules regarding advertisement patches, this will be the only corporate logo (aside from the MLB and Nike logos) that will appear on any of the Padres jerseys (home, road, alternates, etc.) during the 2023 baseball season. There are no separate deals for home and road jerseys as is the case in the NHL and NBA.
Major League Baseball jerseys sold to fans at most retail outlets, including online options such as Fanatics and MLBShop, will not contain the advertisement patch, only those purchased at team-run shops (such as those in the ballpark) can include the patch.