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Daniel Murphy's bat speaks


The New York Mets in March silenced Daniel Murphy. Last night the infielder saved his team’s season by hitting the go-ahead home run and stealing a key base as the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series. New York now advances to the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The silencing of Murphy came after a little-known 50-year-old ex-player, Billy Bean (not famed Moneyball general manager Billy Beane) came to the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Bean, after his baseball career was over, said he was gay, and the Major League Baseball (MLB) hierarchy in 2014 made him its first “ambassador of inclusion.”

Bean’s task is to visit spring training camps and talk with players about homosexuality. He visited the Mets’ camp on March 3, and that day Murphy forthrightly answered a reporter’s question by saying, “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him … but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” Murphy also expressed some self-criticism: “There are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ … like my pride.”

Murphy wasn’t looking for trouble: MLB was paying Bean to provoke discussion, and a reporter asked Murphy to respond. Nevertheless, some gays vociferously attacked Murphy not only for his opposition to homosexuality but also for calling it a “lifestyle.” A Mets spokesman quickly told ESPN that Murphy “will no longer address his religious beliefs and will stick to baseball.”

Murphy has apparently obeyed that edict. I wanted to ask Mets and MLB officials about it, but in March, even when I sat in the Mets’ administrative office in Port St. Lucie and visited MLB headquarters in New York City, no one was willing to talk. During the past 22 years, some ballplayers have talked with me about their religious and political views, but I’ve seen a chilling effect here. Have you? This year, have any major league players publicly criticized same-sex marriage? If so, please send me press accounts.


Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism.

@MarvinOlasky

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PaulC

This is so hypocritical.  The MLB hired Mr. Bean to be their "ambassador of inclusion", meaning that he gets paid to air his view. When a player is asked for a comment, which he provides free of charge, confesses his faith in Christ, reflects the truth about what the Bible says, he must be silenced in the view of his employer.  This is an open admission that the promoters of homosexuality can not win an open debate and will not allow one if they can help it.   Probably most of them are blind to their blatant inconsistencies.  God help us come to know the truth as it in Jesus!