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%).