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How players stayed sharp during the MLB lockout

How players stayed sharp during the MLB lockout

Catcher Will Smith is one of several Dodgers who worked out in Arizona with other major leaguers during the lockout. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler and Angels first baseman Jared Walsh shuffled back and forth across the Push Performance training center last week.

One minute, they were sitting on couches, intently listening in on a Zoom call with other players union representatives regarding the latest details of collective bargaining agreement negotiations. The next, they were back on the gym floor, going through sets of exercises with several dozen other big leaguers at the private facility near Phoenix.

“They would go work out, come back and talk on the call,” said DJ Edwards, the owner and director of Push Performance.

Added Walsh, with a laugh: “I went to the other side of the room [during the Zoom call] so I didn’t have to hear my voice on the echo.”

Looking back, the scene now seems humorous. But in the moment, it was a snapshot of the…

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