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Major League Baseball appoints Billy Bean ‘ambassador’ for inclusion

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Billy Bean
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Tuesday before the All-Star game. Joining Bean and Selig at a news conference was ...

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Major League Baseball criticizes Arizona anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has issued a statement criticizing legislation in Arizona that if enacted would add protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

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NY Yankees manager: MLB would accept an openly gay player

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Frank Franklin II, APNew York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during a news conference, at Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK — Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Major League Baseball would accept an openly gay player.

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College baseball player, boyfriend of Conner Mertens, comes out as gay

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Chandler Whitney
It was just last week when Willamette University kicker Conner Mertens announced he is bisexual, becoming the first college football player to publicly identify as a member of the LGBT community while still active in his sport.

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Los Angeles Dodgers to host first annual ‘LGBT Night Out’

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Mark J. Terrill, APLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first annual LGBT Night Out on Sept. 27.

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MLB to strengthen policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation

| Monday, July 15, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

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Former MLB pitcher: Staying in the closet is the ‘best option’ for gay athletes

| Friday, March 1, 2013
Mark Knudson
DENVER -- Former Major League pitcher Mark Knudson says that gay professional athletes would serve their teams best by staying in the closet.

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NY Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s apology: Gay slur a Twitter ‘mishap’

| Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Newly acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard issued an apology Tuesday after becoming the latest professional athlete caught for tweeting an anti-gay slur.

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