July 16, 2013

Implicitly acknowledging the existence of gay athletes, Major League Baseball is about to beef up its policy prohibiting antigay harassment and discrimination in the workplace. MLB will be distributing a workplace code of conduct to every player in the major and minor leagues, providing new traning sessions and create a central complaint system to report offenses. The new policy is scheduled to be announced in conjunction with All-Star activities on Tuesday.

MLB already has a nondiscrimination clause in its collective bargaining policy, so the latest move isn’t exactly new. But it is a high-visibility recognition of the existence of gay athletes, even if there are no out MLB players. The pertinent players are falling all over themselves with carefully worded statements proclaiming baseball to be a haven of nondiscrimination.