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D-backs would have no issue with gay players

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PHOENIX -- In the aftermath of NBA player Jason Collins coming out Monday as the first gay male athlete in a major American team sport, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was asked before the club's game against the Giants what his reaction would be if a player of his came out.

"I would have no reaction to it at all," said Gibson, a 17-year MLB veteran as a player. "I would want to know if he could play tomorrow, how his arm is feeling or if he can swing the bat. That's where my focus would go."

Gibson's response was one of many given by D-backs on Monday, but they all shared a similar theme in that they were happy for Collins.

"I think it's awesome he had the courage to do that and I hope it leads the way for more people to be comfortable to do the same," D-backs right-hander Brandon McCarthy said. "There shouldn't be a fear surrounded around it. I just hope he can resume his life as normal as possible after this."

Said D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, "It's his life and he's free to do whatever he wants. I just worry about me. It's his decision; you can't say much about it. If he's happy, I'm happy."

Like Gibson, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said if he had a teammate that came out, he wouldn't treat him or act any differently.

"It wouldn't change the way I think of another teammate or player or coach or front office or whoever," Goldschmidt said. "Everyone makes their own decisions and has their own way of life and I'm open to whatever everyone wants to do."

With Collins becoming a free agent in the offseason, McCarthy also expressed his desire for a team to sign him for next season.

"I hope today doesn't affect that," McCarthy said. "I hope it's one of those things where one person does it and it helps everyone else behind him. There will still be individual issues, but I hope this starts something."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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