The San Diego Padres have announced that Chicago-based telecommunications company, Motorola, will serve as the official jersey patch partner of the team beginning with the 2023 season. 

A patch of the Motorola ‘batwing’ logo is set to appear on the shoulder of the different versions of the Major League Baseball (MLB) team’s kit. 

The jersey patch partnership, which was unveiled today through a video featuring third baseman Manny Machado and pitcher Blake Snell, is said to be the first of its kind across all 30 Major League Baseball clubs.

“We are thrilled to partner with a quintessential and innovative brand like Motorola to bring cutting-edge technology, design, and performance to Petco Park,” commented Padres CEO Erik Greupner

“Motorola’s iconic logo on our jersey is a perfect alignment with our Padres brand, and we look forward to teaming up to provide a great experience for our fans.”

Furthermore, Motorola will also serve as the presenting partner of the Padres Hall of Fame, including new interactive technology displays and product integration throughout the exhibit. 

Additionally, the company will be ‘prominently’ featured on signage in left field and various locations throughout Petco Park.

Rudi Kalil, VP and General Manager, North America at Motorola, added: “Motorola and the Padres share a commitment and passion towards creating meaningful consumer experiences.

“Being woven into the San Diego Padres jersey is an exciting and pivotal moment for the Motorola brand and our innovative product line, and we’re thrilled to connect with Padres and worldwide baseball fans through this first-of-its-kind MLB partnership.”

The deal comes into effect immediately and sees the company also serve as the official smartphone partner of the Padres and play a ‘key role’ as a sponsor of the side’s annual ‘Back to School’ shopping event – which is said to provide school supplies and clothing to underserved youths in the area.

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