Brew­ers’ David Den­son comes out

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers mi­nor lea­guer David Den­son has be­come the first openly gay player on a team af­fil­i­ated with Ma­jor League Base­ball.

The Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel said Den­son, with the help of for­mer ma­jor lea­guer Billy Bean, reached out to the news­pa­per to tell his story.

The 20-year-old first base­man plays for the He­lena Brew­ers in the rookie Pi­o­neer League. Bean, Ma­jor League Base­ball’s first Am­bas­sador for In­clu­sion, re­vealed he is gay af­ter his play­ing ca­reer.

“Talk­ing with my team­mates, they gave me the con­fi­dence I needed, com­ing out to them,” Den­son told the news­pa­per. “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.’

“That was a gi­ant re­lief for me. I never wanted to feel like I was forc­ing it on them. It just hap­pened. The out­come was amaz­ing. It was nice to know my team­mates see me for who I am, not my sex­u­al­ity.”

In June, pitcher Sean Con­roy of the Sonoma Stom­pers of the in­de­pen­dent Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion, re­vealed he is a ho­mo­sex­ual. The Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion is not af­fil­i­ated with Ma­jor League Base­ball.

Den­son was se­lected by the Brew­ers in the 15th round in 2013 af­ter play­ing for South Hills High School in West Cov­ina, Cal­i­for­nia. He spent last sea­son with the Wis­con­sin Tim­ber Rat­tlers in the Class A Mid­west League, hit­ting .243 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 68 games. He started this sea­son with Wis­con­sin, hit­ting .195 with one homer and eight RBIs in 24 games be­fore be­ing sent to He­lena. In 42 games with the Mon­tana team, he’s hit­ting .245 with four homers and 18 RBIs.

On Satur­day night in a dou­ble­header at Idaho Falls, Den­son was 1 for 3 in a 6-1, seven-in­ning loss and 0 for 5 with an RBI in an 8-7 loss in nine in­nings.

“It’s a lot to take in right now,” Den­son told the Idaho Falls PostRegis­ter. “I’m a ball player first. That’s what I’m fo­cus­ing on.”

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