December 02, 2014

MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay in quietest way possible.: (Scott) has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is gay and married to his partner of 28 years.

That last fact is just part of who Dale Scott is and has had no impact on his abilities as an umpire for the past 29 seasons. Yet it is understandably the one that most people will notice, because Scott is the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active (and the first out active male official in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB).

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 03:46 PM - 5 comments

Referee has made the feature on Scott publicly available on their website here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:53 PM on December 02

The real takeaway from this is that there is a Referee magazine.

posted by Etrigan at 04:11 PM on December 02

The real takeaway from this is that there is a Referee magazine.

There are about 19,000 people employed as referees or umpires in the US. That is, these are people who list this as an occupation and draw a paycheck for it. I would suggest there are at least that many more who, like me, umpire as a sideline or hobby. We still receive pay for it. To deserve this pay, we try to maintain our skills as best we can. Referee magazine offers stories and "how to" tips for whatever sport is in season. It also has features on fitness, diet, and exercise. It's a good resource.

posted by Howard_T at 04:57 PM on December 02

Taking Dale Scott's action as a spearhead for change, umpire Angel Hernandez came out today as "stupid", while C.B. Bucknor came out as "blind", and both are hoping for the same tolerance and acceptance from the fans and players that Scott has received.

posted by grum@work at 11:54 PM on December 02

Taking Dale Scott's action as a spearhead for change, umpire Angel Hernandez came out today as "stupid", while C.B. Bucknor came out as "blind", and both are hoping for the same tolerance and acceptance from the fans and players that Scott has received.

Thanks, Grum. I got a good laugh out of that.

posted by billinnagoya at 02:55 AM on December 03

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