BP’s Best: Tom Brenaman’s Slur Leads to MLB’s LGBT Outreach Thoughts – MLB Sports

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This article was originally published on August 20th.

CW: Anti LGTBQ + Slur

Tom Brenaman has nothing to do with making Major League Baseball better for LGBT people.

I want to say it right away. Whatever the consequences of this, starting with a broadcast apology from the broadcaster before the change during the match on Wednesday, to spiraling into various donation and support shows that MLB and its club will make in the coming days. The goal is to make it a safe place for people in leagues, sports and LGBT, which has little to do with it.

In a sense, it’s an isolated issue. Responsibilities and responsibilities here extend to the contours of the Reds broadcast booth and the staff who manage it. Brennaman’s homophobic slur was issued in the casual comfort of someone who said it dozens or hundreds of times, and the proven saying that all mics are hot is produced by all off-air comments. And has the opposite meaning of demanding the attention and acquiescence of the staff. It’s clear that Brennaman was talking to someone calling the unnamed city “one of the world’s tobacco capitals.”

There are criticisms (of Brenaman), words of support (to the LGBT community), and a restatement of the league’s commitment to malicious parties, which they appreciate but do not recognize as preemptive and reconciliation. That is difficult.Brenaman’s actions at the booth do not necessarily indicate the player’s feelings in the locker room, but this is First grade Occurrence, A previous instance occurred in the field. The player’s old homophobic tweets resurface endlessly. It’s hard to say that MLB is a completely welcome environment for members of the LGBT community. It has been a boiling player-level issue for decades. It goes beyond this, but the problem can be summarized from the bottom of my heart. MLB has never publicly acknowledged that active players are gay. The most famous example of a player who is likely to do so is tragedy.

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The league took a long time To recognize his legacy, But MLB’s first openly gay player debuted in 1976: his name is Glenberg.. Burke, who appeared in the Dodgers minor league system, was highly regarded as follows. Dusty Baker “He was built to be young Willie mays.. When Burke broke into the majors in the 1976 and 1977 seasons, he soon became a popular member of the team’s clubhouse. Burke is said to have invented a high five to congratulate Baker by hitting 30 home runs as the fourth member of the 1977 team.

By the beginning of the 1978 season, Burke’s sexuality had become a common sense among teammates. On his side, the outfielder seemed to make little effort to hide his Interview in 1994Burke was published about half a year before his death in 1995, saying, “Being black and gay made me tougher … I had to be tough to make it. Yeah, I myself I’m proud of what they did. I knew they would find one day. “Burke said Vice President Dodgers Al Campanis He offered him $ 75,000 to hold a wedding. Burke is reported to have answered, “Do you think you mean a woman?” At the beginning of the 1978 season, he was traded to Auckland A.The move is with his sexuality Panned by the clubhouse.

Faced with the installation of slurs from the spectators, Burke left A after suffering a neck injury in the 1979 season.The team offered him a contract for the 1980 season of the same year Billy Martin I took over the manager.Martin was reported in a 2010 documentary out: Glenberg story, Introduced Burke as follows:

Oh, by the way, this is Glenberg, And he is a bassoon.

It’s not a toothless word. this is, Billy beane (The only other former MLB player to emerge as a homosexual) documentary points to an era of dramatic homophobia nationwide. After injuring his knee in spring training and being demoted to the minor league, Burke retired at the age of 27, unable to find a way to return to the majors through homophobic Martin.Burke Publicly announced in 1982 Inside sports paperIn the same year, he won two gold medals in his first gay game. Burke needed to contribute more in this area, but he said:

“It’s come to the point where prejudice has won … the Dodgers got rid of me, and everyone on the team knew why. Billy Martin I didn’t want a part of me, and no one else signed me. I just became a black ball. They didn’t want anything to do with me. A gay man in baseball? Uh, uh. Impossible. “

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That’s a complicated question. Can MLB pave the way for gay athletes to feel comfortable claiming their identity publicly while actively participating in the game, rather than just participating in sports? It’s not just about the willingness to create and solve MLB. There are literally treatises on straight coding specific to men’s sports. Gay athletes are becoming more common in women’s sports because being a female athlete is already coded as a violation of femininity. Conversely, professional sports men are perceived as an example of masculinity (straight, often white). Homosexuality has long been seen as the ultimate breach of that spirit. The expression of homophobia is an easy way to show contrasting masculinity.In her 2007 book Whip girl, Julia Serrano wrote:

“Men’s pride isn’t really about pride. It’s about fear – fear of being seen as a woman. And that’s why’girl’s’ * is so dangerous. And as long as most men are deadly afraid of it, they will continue to bring it to the rest of us. “

*Being homosexual is “girl’s” and is as ridiculous as the concept appears when spelled out.

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Despite future dialogue, the interrupted announcer’s words are not a comprehensive reflection on MLB in a direct sense. However, Wednesday’s turmoil reaffirms that a significant portion of the league’s fan base is dissatisfied with the LGBT people’s support for the league. The spotlight is in the league and could remain the same, or at least act as another bit of “precedent” that Rob Manfred’s office is so crazy about.

Broadcasters are literally platformed and compensate their words in the same way (at a more favorable rate) as writers. Those values ​​are fused into the accounts they provide. It’s not so surprising to see the megaphone pulled out of the hand of a guided speaker as soon as it goes off line. To take the most ironic situation, Brenaman does not create direct value to the team, as does a widely unpopular pitcher. He may be a batting coach.

Fostering a cozy environment involves more than refusing to tolerate. Not only do you need to avoid destruction, but you also need to build.Brennaman may not be essentially representing a player on the field, but his white, straight, Sith profile Overrated by scoutsOverrated by the front office and dugout staff. He is playing towards the crowds of the house, so to speak, without fans. There are more and more examples of players talking to the LGBT community, but more specific and sincere efforts are needed to create an atmosphere where players can come out without fear of their careers.

This is not about Tom Brenaman, but about the LGBT community. He’s done it about them, casts an ugly spotlight on how MLB failed, and keeps failing them. If MLB wants to change the story, it needs to create a new chapter.

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