MLB players bring attention to Derby facility with #NewEraHatsOff

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A couple of Major League Baseball players are bringing attention to a Western New York issue. 

Washington Nationals’ Sean Doolittle and Houston Astros’ Collin McHugh, both pitchers, went to Twitter to share their support for workers at the New Era Derby facility.

New Era plans to shut down the plant in March. 

“We stand in solidarity with the Derby, NY factory families who make the iconic on-field hats we put on everyday and fans wear to support their favorite team. We hope MLB can help these NY families the way they helped the uniform workers in PA. Otherwise, it’s #NewEraHatsOff,” Doolittle tweeted. 

“My wife and I lived with a woman whose family worked in that factory since it’s inception. She showed me hats from the early years of New Era MLB, and was so proud of her connection to the game. I stand with the workers in Derby, NY,” said McHugh in a tweet. 

Since Doolittle and McHugh’s tweets, there have been dozens more with the #NewEraHatsOff hashtag. 

News 4 has reached out to New Era for comment on this story. 

New Era will continue to make hats worn by MLB players, but at a non-union facility in Florida. That work represented only about 2% of the production at the Derby facility.

Most of the work that was done at the Derby plant will now be outsourced to a third party facility outside of the United States.

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