Major League Baseball does not have an openly gay baseball player. But Major League Baseball really, really, really wants to have an openly gay baseball player. At least, that’s the story as told by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

Major League Baseball isn’t trying to push anyone, knowing the anxiety when someone’s personal life suddenly becomes public, but believes the timing is right. The sport, segregated for 78 painful years, and has yet to hire a woman to be a general manager or field manager, is fully committed to embrace the first active gay player in Major League Baseball. “I think the time is coming for a team to have an active gay player,” said Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall, who has the most diverse front office staff in baseball, consisting of 35% minorities. “I’m confident there are players playing now that are gay. READ MORE