Fanatics working with MLB to make masks, hospital gowns amid coronavirus

Alex Didion
NBC Sports BayArea

More and more companies around the world of sports are lending a hand in helping to combat the spread of coronavirus in the United States.

The latest plan comes from the apparel company Fanatics, which has partnered with MLB to utilize one of its factories to produce masks and gowns for medical personnel on the frontlines of the fight to slow the spread of this pandemic, the company announced Thursday.

Fanatics founder and CEO Michael Rubin, who also is a limited partner in the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, told NBC Sports Philadelphia he hopes the company will be able to generate one million masks over the next two months. The masks will be made from the same material used to make the jerseys MLB players wear.

"We're fortunate to have this giant factory in Pennsylvania that makes all these baseball jerseys," Rubin said, "and to have the commissioner of baseball behind us, and to have the governor and attorney general saying, ‘How do we make a difference?' … If you can make a difference, you've gotta go out and do that."

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It's nice to see the sports world continue to come together in a time of crisis.

Fanatics working with MLB to make masks, hospital gowns amid coronavirus originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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