Joe Girardi believes MLB would accept a gay player

Joe Girardi of the Yankees looks on before

Joe Girardi of the Yankees looks on before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he thought Major League Baseball is ready to accept a gay player because the drive to win is so important to players.

"I think so," the Yankees manager said. "I think our world has adjusted to that. And I think so. Obviously, players want players that are going to help them win championships. That's what we want."

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Girardi was asked about the possibility of a gay player in MLB after NFL draft prospect Michael Sam announced on Sunday that he is gay.

Girardi said he thought baseball's diverse clubhouse culture would be welcoming to a gay player.

"You see that there's a lot of different cultures that come together," he said. "There's obviously different ethnic backgrounds, there's different financial backgrounds, and I think players just want to win. Whoever the best players are in that clubhouse, get them in there."

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