Meet David Denson: The Only Out Player of Color in Baseball

By OckyDub | Posted Apr 27 2016 | 4 Comments  


Meet David Denson: The Only Out Player in Baseball. David Denson came out in 2015 and stated:

“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them. They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’

That was a giant relief for me. I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality.”

He became the first Minor League Baseball player to come out publicly as gay while still playing. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft where he signed with Milwaukee for $100,000.

He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League for most of 2014, where he had a .243 batting average with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 68 games. He began the 2015 season with Wisconsin, and after batting .195 with one home run and eight RBIs in 24 games, he was demoted to the Helena Brewers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.

With Helena, Denson was selected to play in the Northwest–Pioneer League All-Star Game, where he was honored as the Top Star for the Pioneer League after hitting a pinch hit home run while going 2-for-3 along with two RBIs and two runs scored. In late August, the Brewers promoted Denson back to Wisconsin.

21 yr old Denson is currently with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.





About the Author

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

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