They used to make MLB uniforms. Now they're making medical masks and gowns


By: Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN

CNN's Devan Cole contributed to this report

Major League Baseball is teaming up with a sports apparel retailer to help with a national shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers.

MLB and Fanatics are shifting production from jerseys to masks and gowns for those on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.

The shortage is causing health care workers to resort to desperate measures and save supplies intended for a single usage.

Jersey fabric will be used to make masks and hospital gowns in Fanatics' manufacturing plant in Easton, Pennsylvania. MLB and Fanatics will pay for associated costs.

An example of a hospital gown and mask made from baseball jersey fabric.