David Denson: First MLB Openly Gay Active Player

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman David Denson.  (Photo: Larry Goren)

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman David Denson.
(Photo: Larry Goren)

Emanuela Grinberg of CNN is reporting Major League Baseball Player David Denson, 20, has announced that he is gay, making him the first openly gay active player in league history. Denson, a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie affiliate in Helena, Montana, disclosed the news to the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, after sharing it with his family and teammates. Grinberg writes:

“The news makes Denson the first active player affiliated with a Major League organization to come out publicly.

‘Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,’ Denson told sports writer Tom Haudricourt.

‘They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’

Denson, who is batting .245 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 42 games for Helena, is the Brewers’ 27th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com. He was selected by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft out of South Hills High School in West Covina, California.”

Read more at CNN.

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