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Michael Young: 'I guarantee you I've had a gay teammate'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Michael Young thinks MLB is ready for its Michael Sam. (USATSI)
Michael Young thinks MLB is ready for its Michael Sam. (USATSI)

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On the subject of football's Michael Sam, the outgoing Missouri d-lineman and NFL draft prospect who recently came out, here's what the recently retired Michael Young told ESPN 103.3 in Dallas regarding the possiblity of a having gay teammate in MLB:

" ... I guarantee you I've had a gay teammate. This may be the first openly gay player in the NFL, but clearly we know there have been tons in every sport -- male, female, there have been tons in every sport.

"We just don't know about them or who they are. They're out there right now. They're out there in the NBA, in the NHL, in the big leagues and in the NFL. Hopefully players are just comfortable being themselves.

...

"For me, it comes down to, 'Can this guy help us win? Is he a winning piece? Can he execute on the field and be a good teammate in the locker room?' I'd like to think it wouldn't be an issue at all, and all the teams I played on, I know it definitely wouldn't have been an issue."

Young of course spent parts of 14 seasons in the majors with three different teams, primarily the Rangers, so he's certainly an authority on prevailing clubhouse attitudes and dynamics.

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