Jim Leyland, manager of the Detroit Tigers, believes an openly gay professional baseball player would be accepted.

Leyland, who led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, told CNN that he could see a professional baseball player coming out gay.

“Well, I would think that would probably happen,” Leyland said. “I mean, it's 2013. You know, it is what it is. I think there's probably a good chance that would happen.”

“Would that person be accepted?” Carol Costello asked.

“I would assume so,” Leyland answered.


“I would assume so. I think that … you know, there may be some people offended by it but like I say it's 2013.  Things are a little bit different. And I can't answer that question for sure, but I'm just saying that I think that it probably would happen. It probably could happen. And I would say that the way people are in America today, it would probably be acceptable,” he said.