Major League Baseball ended its regular season on Sunday after a COVID-shortened 60 games and for the first time since the 2016 season, there were no players involved in any recorded, on-field anti-gay controversies.
Granted, the season was 102 games shorter than normal and we still have the playoffs to go, but it's refreshing nonetheless that we heard no mentions of players using gay slurs.
This does not mean that the league was entirely devoid of homophobic activity. Longtime Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman was caught on camera using an antigay slur; he was immediately suspended, and has since left his job.
This is a low-bar to celebrate. But it's good news nonetheless.
No gay slurs used by MLB players on field for first time since 2016 [Jim Buzinski / OutSports]
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