Sports World Reacts To Minor Leaguer Coming Out As Gay

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Solomon Bates, a minor league pitcher in the San Francisco Giants system, came out as gay with a message on Instagram earlier this week.

The message came as part of an announcement that he is no longer with his team, the Richmond Flying Squirrel.

"Being gay in this game you don't know what comes on you!

I thank the veterans for giving me a chance to be myself and go there and play the game that I love the most.

I am still shocked by what just happened. But I'm not giving up on what I want to do.

I'm still going to open doors for gay athletes like myself. Will still strive to be one of the greatest to do it.

I ended on a high note, hurt to go out there and kick my ass off.

Baseball I'm not doing with you. I'm going on my own terms and on my own terms.

Gay men can play the masculine game if you give us a chance. Thanks veterans, you guys made a new fan.

But gave me a chip to keep going. I love all the new friends I make. I'm not going to cry.

I'll keep pushing."

Bates acknowledged that the day involved a rollercoaster of emotions.

"The love and support I am getting after a strange day.

Thank you all, you turned a sad day into a day full of strength," he wrote on Twitter.

The sports world took to social media to react to Bates' announcement.

"Proud of you @SolomonBates_ for having the courage to come out into the world of sports!" One fan wrote.

"Solomon, I stand with you," said another.

"Thank you for being a trailblazer, representation means so much to us gay fans <3 WE LOVE YOU!!!" another pair.

Bates told OutSports that he dated his teammates back in 2019, but continues to keep his sexuality a secret from the public.

He hopes his decision to come out will "open doors" for other gay athletes.

"I didn't come out as my full self because I was hiding myself," he said.

"I'm a manly man who loves the game of baseball, and now I want to open the doors to gay athletes like myself."