Chicago White Sox Minor League baseball player Anderson Comas, 23, announced that he is “proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community" in an Instagram post on Sunday (Feb. 19).
Comas who is from the Dominican Republic, has been playing for the White Sox Minor League for years as an outfielder but switched to pitcher last year. He spent last season in the White Sox single A team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers in North Carolina, appearing in 11 games with a 6.35 ERA.
Comas is currently a prospect for the White Sox's Major League team, if drafted he would be the only active openly gay Major League Baseball player. At this time, there aren't any active Major League Baseball players who have come out as gay.
Comas began his message on Instagram with a disclaimer stating, "...if you’re homophobic this post is may not for you or may yes so you can see we all matters and we all are the same."
Comas continued," This may be my most personal thing I ever share and it’s that I’m proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community 🏳️🌈 I’m also a human with a great soul, I’m respectful, I’m a lover, I love my family and friends and that’s what really matters, I enjoy my work a lot, being a professional baseball player is the best thing that happened to me so I just wanna say something to those people that says that gay people can not be someone in this life, well look at me I’m Gay and I’m a professional athlete so that didn’t stopped me to make my dreams come true, I’m doing this cause I wanna be an inspiration for those like me out there fitting for their dreams, please don’t listen to those stupid things that people say about us, fight for your dreams, believe in yourself and go for it 🤨❤️"
The White Sox assistant general manager Chris Getz made an official statement on Twitter stating that Comas came out to the organization last year and that the entire organization has reacted in support.
Former MLB umpire Dale Scott took to Twitter to congratulate Comas:
According to CNN, Comas joins pitcher Solomon Bates, who came out as gay after being released in 2022 when he was a minor leaguer in the Giants organization, and former Brewers farmhand David Denson, who became the first openly gay active player in affiliated baseball in 2015.
TJ House, a former Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays from 2014-17, took to his Facebook page in December 2022 and penned a heartfelt and emotional public coming-out message while announcing his engagement to his boyfriend.
Despite previous players coming out, none of which are currently playing MLB. Let's hope our latest family member Anderson Comas fills that slot.