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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Buckley: MIT ballplayer gets big hit in coming out

For those who think it’s overdone when gay people tell you their coming-out stories, consider what’s been going on with Sean Karson.

Karson, who grew up outside Orlando, Fla., is a junior on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology baseball team. He’s the Engineers’ starting third baseman, and he’s pretty good, too: He compiled a .350 batting average as a sophomore, including a seven-game hitting streak during which he hit .540. He’s a co-captain on this year’s team.

...A couple of days ago, during an indoor practice at MIT, Karson asked coach Andy Barlow if he could say a few words to his teammates.

“I had no idea what he had in mind,” Barlow said. “He had just returned from a conference in California, so I assumed he was going to talk about his company.”

Instead, Karson took a deep breath, and told his coaches and teammates that he’s gay.

“They came up and gave me high fives and said they’d have my back and everything,” he said. “It was so supportive, it was ridiculous.”

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: February 09, 2013 at 04:23 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 09, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4366167)
Good for him.
   2. Bob Tufts Posted: February 09, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4366195)
Since the author came out last year, I wonder if he will be sought out for guidance by any gay athletes that decide to follow his path?
   3. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: February 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM (#4366214)
Haha, I thought that was pretty funny burn on Buckley for something stupid he had said before, <insert Google> but holy shmoly he really did. Cool. Never heard about that.
   4. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: February 09, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4366247)
This just in: MIT has a baseball team.
   5. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: February 09, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4366251)
This just in: MIT has a baseball team.

Seems like a good place to start looking for future statistical analysts for front offices...

...oh wait they went to MIT so they probably don't want to start at $18k a year.
   6. bobm Posted: February 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4366255)
MIT engineer comes out as athlete. Good for him. :-)
   7. JoeC Posted: February 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4366262)
Hey, MIT actually sent a player to the majors in 2004. This isn't Caltech we're talking about here...
   8. Boileryard Posted: February 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4366279)
The Red Sox recently signed a pitcher out of Advanced Software Analysis Junior College.
   9. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: February 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4366285)
As a proud MIT alum ('09) let me state:

- We can do a hell of a lot better than some front-office quant job for 18K a year.
- And yet, there are those who would work for peanuts in a front office. Helen Zelman is (was?) with the Diambondbacks, and Joe Boehringer was a scouting director for them.
- The Sloan Sports Conference was (maybe still is) the top destination for hobnobbing with quant-minded execs, including MIT alum and Rockets GM Daryl Morey.
- MIT has a *ton* of sports teams. DIII, and almost all pretty bad. But sports are a huge thing at the 'tute.
- Yeah, you're talking to the guy who pitched his team to the 2007 Class IV intramural slow-pitch softball championships.
- Our fields are named after George Steinbrenner's father.
- Caltech can suck it.
   10. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 09, 2013 at 11:30 PM (#4366337)
Hey, MIT actually sent a player to the majors in 2004. This isn't Caltech we're talking about here...


How the hell did a Polack make it into MIT?
   11. boteman Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM (#4366355)
I wonder what this article will do to the Schilling discussion, now at 1150 and counting...
   12. morineko Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM (#4366358)
Wait, this kid's got a startup? Now? That's going to be a real drag on his draft prospects, if he has any. (As everyone else in the thread has said, he went to MIT, he's not going to play in short-season A for $1100 a month unless that's all the job he can get. From observing the Brewers org minor league retirements, I'd venture that a lot of the college grads are playing minor league ball until something better comes along--grad school or another job.)
   13. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:04 AM (#4366375)
Ah, I forgot my pet theory as to why sports are so popular at MIT. Most of us were chased off the field for general ineptitude sometime around the age of 12. Playing with other Engineers brings back a playing field where the level of play is low enough that sports are fun, rather than demoralizing/embarrassing.
   14. bobm Posted: February 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM (#4366394)
As a proud MIT alum ('09) let me state:
- We can do a hell of a lot better than some front-office quant job for 18K a year.
- And yet, there are those who would work for peanuts in a front office. Helen Zelman is (was?) with the Diambondbacks [sic] 


I am more impressed that MIT has apparently gone co-ed.

(Just kidding)
   15. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4366440)
ASA JC has sent three to pro ball in the last two years. I was amazed at this.

Not exactly sure why this article needed to mention his 7 game hit streak...

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