SportsLogos.net reports that "the Cincinnati Reds will wear an advertisement for the Kroger chain of supermarkets on their jersey sleeves during the 2023 season … Cincinnati joins the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, and San Diego Padres as MLB clubs to officially announce and reveal their on-field uniform advertisements for 2023, the first in which teams are permitted to display ads on their jerseys."
According to the story, "The photo we saw showed a white rounded rectangle patch on the player’s right sleeve with the Reds’ running man logo on the left. The Kroger logo is not re-coloured to match the club’s red, white, and black colour scheme; instead shown in the company’s usual blue and white.
"Players who bat from the opposite side of the plate will have the logo on the other sleeve which has resulted in a new Reds “running man” patch showing a reversed version of their usual logo.
"Most teams will flip the advertisement patch to the player’s camera dominant sleeve, what makes the Reds unique is that they had to create a whole new team logo in order to let this happen."
- KC's View:
I hate this. It is the NASCAR-ification of baseball, and all about ownership greed.
To be honest, though, I hate this less than the so-called ghost runner rule, which is now permanent - it means that extra innings have to begin with a runner on second base, which MLB says speeds up the game. Which may be true, but it is a stupid rule - all about speed and nothing about the integrity of the game.