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Sean Conroy becomes baseball’s first ever openly gay professional player

Sean Conroy becomes baseball’s first ever openly gay professional player

Sean Conroy has become baseball’s first ever professional to come out as gay.

The 23-year-old pitcher, who plays for minor league Californian team Sonoma Stompers, has said he wants to be an example for other players.

‘It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am,’ he said.

‘I am definitely surprised that no one else has been openly gay in baseball yet.’

Conroy chose to come out this week privately to his teammates and management, and then came out publicly in time for the team’s home field Pride night.

Many of his teammates wore rainbow bands and socks to support him. And when Conway walked out to pitch, he received a huge round of applause from fans.