If MLB Teams Went By the Name of Their Jersey Patch…

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If MLB Teams Went By the Name of Their Jersey Patch...

I've been watching a lot of Major League Baseball this season. 

If you're anything like me, you probably noticed a big patch on the sleeve of many big league baseball player's jerseys. 

This is the first season that the league has allowed MLB jersey sponsors, and a whole range of businesses have decided to get in on it.

Depending on the team's uniforms and the branding on the patch, they can sometimes really stand out.

And if you follow a particular team regularly, then those patches slowly start to become synonymous with the team itself. 

This got me thinking. 

How funny would it be if big league clubs were called not by their team name but by the name on their jersey patch?

That's what this article's about!

Meaningless? Probably.

But we think it's fun. 

MLB Team Names Based on the Jersey Patch

Arizona Avnets

  • Real Team Name: Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Jersey Advertisement: Avnet

 

Atlanta Quikretes

  • Real Team Name: Atlanta Braves
  • Jersey Advertisement: Quikrete

 

Boston Mass Mutuals

  • Real Team Name: Boston Red Sox
  • Jersey Advertisement: Mass Mutual

 

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Garrett Whitlock of the Red Sox with the Mass Mutual patch (source: Getty Images)

 

Cincinnati Krogers

  • Real Team Name: Cincinnati Reds
  • Jersey Advertisement: Kroger

 

Cleveland Marathons

  • Real Team Name: Cleveland Guardians
  • Jersey Advertisement: Marathon

 

Detroit Meijers

  • Real Team Name: Detroit Tigers
  • Jersey Advertisement: Meijer

 

Houston Oxys

  • Real Team Name: Houston Astros
  • Jersey Advertisement: Oxy 

 

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Yordan Alvarez of the Astros. Note the Oxy patch on the right sleeve (source: Getty Images)

 

Los Angeles FBMs

  • Real Team Name: Los Angeles Angels
  • Jersey Advertisement: FBM

 

Miami ADTs

  • Real Team Name: Miami Marlins
  • Jersey Advertisement: ADT

 

New York Presbyterian Hospitals

  • Real Team Name: New York Mets
  • Jersey Advertisement: New York-Presbyterian Hospital

 

San Diego Motorolas

  • Real Team Name: San Diego Padres
  • Jersey Advertisement: Motorola

 

San Francisco Cruises

  • Real Team Name: San Francisco Giants
  • Jersey Advertisement: Cruise

 

St. Louis Stifels

  • Real Team Name: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jersey Advertisement: Stifel

 

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Steven Matz with the Cardinals' Stifel patch (source: Getty Images)

 

Toronto TDs

  • Real Team Name: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jersey Advertisement: TD Bank

 

Wait… Not All Teams Have Them?

That's right.

As of the date of publication, 14 (nearly half of) MLB teams have a sleeve patch sponsored by a company.

The other 16 teams do not currently have a sponsored uniform patch. 

Those teams currently without MLB jersey sponsors include:

  1. Baltimore Orioles
  2. Chicago Cubs
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Colorado Rockies
  5. Kansas City Royals
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Milwaukee Brewers
  8. Minnesota Twins
  9. New York Yankees
  10. Oakland Athletics
  11. Philadelphia Phillies
  12. Pittsburgh Pirates
  13. Seattle Mariners
  14. Tampa Bay Rays
  15. Texas Rangers
  16. Washington Nationals

 

A Couple of FAQs About MLB Jersey Sponsors

Who is the Yankees jersey sponsor?

There isn’t one! 

As of 2023, the New York Yankees have elected not to have a corporate sponsor on their uniforms.

What types of industries are sponsoring jerseys?

A wide variety of companies sponsor MLB uniforms. There aren’t any real trends - it’s a grab bag of industries that are in the mix. 

Two of the 14 MLB jersey sponsors are construction-related companies, two are in banking, and another two are in the grocery business.

The other 8 sponsors represent the following industries: healthcare, technology, telecommunications, insurance, energy, household products, transportation, and security.

When did the MLB first allow jersey advertisements?

Major League Baseball allowed companies to begin advertising on uniforms starting with the 2023 season.

Why would companies want to advertise on a big league jersey sleeve?

Companies are interested in advertising on MLB jerseys because doing so would mean their branding would get lots of TV exposure. 

In fact, a study by Nielsen found that a sponsored patch on an MLB uniform will, on average, get 13.8 minutes of screen time per game, which is the highest of any of the four major American sports.

Who is the Dodgers jersey sponsor?

No one! 

As of 2023, the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to not have a jersey patch sponsored by a company.

That’s A Wrap!

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