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Rockies speak with their bats on labor debate

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In a video, the Rockies show they’re with the union

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As negotiations broke down this weekend between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, Ken Rosenthal reported that the players were in solidarity with Saturday’s MLBPA statement:

Note the last two lines: “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.” In other words, the players do not see the owners as negotiating in good faith and have asked them to set a date and time for the season.

Individual Rockies have not commented on the statement. That changed at 6:00 pm on Sunday night, when David Dahl tweeted and Instagrammed a video.

“Tell us when and where. / We’ve been ready.”

Let’s review (in order) who’s in the video:

  • David Dahl
  • Nolan Arenado
  • Trevor Story
  • Charlie Blackmon
  • Tony Wolters
  • Ryan McMahon
  • Raimel Tapia
  • Garrett Hampson
  • Brendan Rodgers
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Elias Díaz
  • Josh Fuentes
  • Drew Butera
  • Sam Hilliard
  • Yonathan Daza
  • Ian Desmond
  • Dom Nuñez

That would be every position player on the 40-man roster, with the exception of Tyler Nevin.

Other players posted it to their Instagram accounts (e.g., Díaz, Daza, and Rodgers). When it comes to starting the 2020 season, the Colorado Rockies have spoken.

Four hours later, Dahl’s video had been retweeted 365 times and received more than 3000 likes. His teammates added comments as well:

(In case you’re wondering whose side I’m on, I’ve spilled some digital ink on why you should side with players. You can read Adam Peterson’s take here.)