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Podcast: MLB umpire Dale Scott on coming out and the bizarre Jays-Rangers 7th inning

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The veteran umpire talks about his first season as an openly gay and being at the center of one of the wildest playoff games ever.

Dale Scott discusses a play with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons during Game 5 of the ALDS
Dale Scott discusses a play with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons during Game 5 of the ALDS
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Dale Scott celebrated his 30th year as a Major League Baseball umpire, and his first as an openly gay man. In the latest Outsports Podcast, Scott talks about how little was made of his sexuality this season, and why that's a good thing.

First, though, Scott was asked about the wild 53-minute seventh inning of the deciding game in the ALDS between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers in Toronto, where he was the crew chief:

"In 30 years of doing this, if you would have told me before I walked on the field that day that I would have a rule that I haven't seen in almost 4,000 games, a protested game, two ejections, three bench clearings and two or three delays because of debris on the field by fans, I probably would have retired right then."

Scott talks with me and contributor Erik Hall about the importance of coming out, why he likes replay and his favorite sport as a fan. He comes on at the 5:38 mark.