On Thursday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Under Armour, the Baltimore-based apparel and footwear company, would begin producing the leagues uniforms in 2019.
It was first reported in October that MLB planned to switch uniform suppliers from Majestic Athletic to Under Armour after 2019. The new timetable pushes the start date forward by a year without an immediate explanation.
“Working closely with Major League Baseball, Under Armour is excited to accelerate our on-field debut of Under Armour uniforms and authentic gear for all 30 teams in 2019,” the company said.
Under Armour said under the new schedule, fan gear would be available “across various distribution channels” in 2018.
MLB announced the new 10-year partnership with Under Armour in December. The founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, called the agreement “a massive statement for our company.”
Under Armour has teamed up with Fanatics, a retailer of sports merchandise, to manufacture and distribute the future MLB gear.
Fanatics was granted licensing rights to produce and distribute the fan gear. To keep the production of Major League Baseball fanwear and uniforms in Pennsylvania, the company signed an agreement in April to purchase the Majestic plant in Lehigh Valley.