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Joe Torre hopes gay players will come out

Joe Torre, then manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, wanted gay players to come out in 2009.


While Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre is getting ripped to shreds by the New York media for some things he said in his new book, he gave gay people something to cheer about in an interview he did on Larry King Live last week:

Ventura, Calif., Viewer: Billy Bean, after he retired, he announced he was gay. Do you forsee a time in the future when an active player can safely announce he's gay and if he did, what effect would that have on Major League Baseball?

Joe Torre: Well that's a great question, I don't know. But I just hope that an active player, if that's the case, can feel free to do that. That's all I can say. But I don't know. Obviously, you have 25 players in the clubhouse, and, you know, it's going to be tough for everybody to feel as maybe I do. But I'd like to believe our country is turning in that direction.

Larry King: You'd have no problem?

Torre: I'd have no problem.

Hat tip to Good As You.