NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite the delay to the baseball season, baseball is putting Yankee jerseys to good use.
Major League Baseball is stepping up in a major way in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Good Samaritans Rescue Wheelchair-Bound Man Who Somehow Fell On Union Square Subway Tracks
The raw material used to make jerseys is now being used to create masks and hospital gowns.
We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We're utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUaREAD MORE: New Jersey Gov. Murphy Rips Anti-Vaxxer 'Knuckleheads' After Being Heckled At Union City Press Conference
— Fanatics (@Fanatics) March 26, 2020
Fanatics, the company that manufactures the official MLB uniforms, plans to make 1 million masks and gowns, then continue as long as the need exists.MORE NEWS: De Blasio: Cuomo 'Should Be Charged' Over Sexual Assault, Harassment Claims In AG Investigation
The first wave of uniforms used will be the Yankees and Phillies, and they’re being distributed throughout Pennsylvania and extend across New Jersey and New York.