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Friday, November 04, 2016

Why Aren’t There More Gay Baseball Players?

Spoiler alert! There’s no single great answer to that question. Complex spoke to every living professional baseball player who’s come out publicly: Conroy and Denson, plus four others who came out after retiring, and all of them had somewhat different takes.

“I think people are misguided in thinking that it’s connected,” says Billy Bean, the one-time major leaguer who came out four years after his pro career ended and wrote a book about everything, now serving as Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion. “It’s a very, very personal decision.”

Jason Burch, who pitched in the minors from 2003 through 2008 and came out publicly in 2015 (after telling teammates seven years earlier, by the way), basically agrees with Bean: The equation just isn’t as simple as we might like. “The real issue is whether or not coming out will create a state of happiness,” Burch says, “and for many athletes that is not a straightforward matter.”

“I can understand why players are not doing it,” Bean tells Complex. “Sure, you might have somebody like David [Denson], who was ready and said, ‘This will make me a better player.’ But a young player has to know it will create a distraction, initially.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
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