USA: New Poll Says 81% of Players Ready for Gay Player

Written by scott on March 25th, 2014

Major League BaseballA new poll shows a surprising level of support for an out gay baseball player in the ranks.

Outsports reports:

ESPN The Magazine interviewed 143 Major League Baseball players on a variety of subjects, including PED use, most overrated and underrated players, and this question on gay players:

Do you agree or disagree with [Yankees manager] Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

NL All-Star: “We come in here and we’re all trying to do the same thing. Who cares what a guy does in his own time?”

NL infielder: “Are there people who are going to give a guy a hard time? Yeah, but not too many. There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, ‘So what?’”

In the poll, 81% of the players said they agreed with Girardi. This is not a scientific survey but does represent about 20% of players in the league so it’s a healthy sample.

The poll follows an earlier poll, from June of 2013, that showed that baseball was the least supportive of marriage equality (45%), behind basketball (46%), the NFL (61%), and Hockey (an astounding 91%).

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