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MLB players frustrated with 'see-through' pants

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Major League Baseball players are concerned by the changes to their uniforms ahead of the 2024 season, which have left them wearing see-through pants and without enough pants to fulfill roster needs.

"The universal concern is the pant," MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said on Thursday, according to The Athletic's Stephen J. Nesbitt, Patrick Mooney and C. Trent Rosecrans.

MLB is rolling out new, lighter uniforms this season, which are made by Nike. The changeover has caused a pants shortage in spring training, with some clubs reusing old pants while they wait for new ones.

However, some maintain that the pants are the same as last year but appear thinner in photos as a result of the studio lighting, league sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition to reusing old pants, players are frustrated with the new bottoms they've received, according to Clark.

"Each conversation with the guys is yielding more information," Clark said. "A lot of the rhetoric (Wednesday) was confirmation that it appears the pants are see-through."

Nike issued a statement addressing the players' uniform concerns, saying the company will "continue to work with MLB, the players and our manufacturing partner to address player uniforms."

A separate statement from an MLB spokesperson said the league is in "close contact with our clubs and uniform partners to ensure clubs have what they need for Opening Day," according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

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