Umpire Dale Scott has revealed he’s gay in a recent interview. (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
Dale Scott, a major league umpire for 29 seasons, revealed he was gay and has been married to his partner of 28 years, in an interview with Outsports.com.
“I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else,” Scott said to Outsports.com. “And that’s the way it should be.”
Scott had been profiled in an October issue of Referee magazine, a subscription only magazine with a circulation of 45,000, and in the article was a picture of him and his partner on a flight to Austrailia for last year’s 2014 opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers that Scott had sent.
“Obviously, when I sent that picture (to the magazine), I knew exactly what it meant,” Scott said. “In a small way, this was opening that door in a publication that wasn’t going to be circulated nationwide. It could be picked up, but it’s not Time magazine. I made that decision to go ahead and do it because I felt it was the right thing to do. I realized that it could open a Pandora’s Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It’s not a surprise to the umpire staff.”
Scott has been an umpire for three World Series‘, as well as three All-Star games.
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