HELENA, MT - It Is a first for professional baseball. David Denson, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewer's minor league team in Helena, Montana, has come out as gay. It makes him the first active player affiliated with Major League Baseball to publicly reveal he is gay.
Two former players, Billy Bean and Glenn Burke, came out after retiring and most other major team sports in America have started seeing publicly gay athletes. In the NBA, Jason Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story in 2013. That same year, Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers also came out. But the National Hockey and Football Leagues have not had an openly gay player on a team's active roster. Michael Sam announced he was gay before being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, but he never made the team and was later cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.
But for Mr. Denson, the 20-year-old first baseman could have a bright future in the sport. Back in 2012, when he was just 17, Denson broke the distance record at a home run competition in Miami He smashed a pitch 515 feet into the scoreboard at Marlins Park. Denson is currently the Brewers' 27th ranked prospect, with a .245 batting average, 4 home runs, and 18 RBIs in 42 games with his team.
And now Denson will have a whole new support team pulling for him to make it to the majors. Congrats, buddy! In the best way possible, you're out!