Rockies decided to not play Diamondbacks as players protest social injustice

The Rockies and Diamondbacks postponed their series finale Thursday in Arizona as Major League Baseball joined sports leagues across the nation in protesting racial injustice.

Colorado released the following statement: “After reflecting and meeting as a group, Rockies players have decided not to play today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, standing in solidarity with athletes and sports teams against social injustice.”

The last-minute postponement was unexpected, though, with the Rockies announcing their lineup at about 2:30 p.m. in addition to manager Bud Black speaking with reporters prior to the scheduled 4:10 p.m. first pitch.

Matt Kemp – who sat out of Wednesday’s game following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin – was expected to return to the lineup Thursday as Colorado’s designated hitter.

“These are times when conversations are happening and emotions are being shown,” Black said. “These are good things because we’re talking about situations in our country that are real and need to change. … These discussions, hopefully, over time will make for change.”

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 27, 2020

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