Minor League Pitcher Solomon Bates has come out as gay in a social media post, saying he hopes his experience will “open up doors” for other gay athletes.

Bates came out to fans via Instagram on Tuesday the 9th of August, explaining that being gay in the sport was challenging and full of unknowns.

“Being gay in this sport, you don’t know what comes at you!” Bates said.


Bates also thanked his team for their support before adding that he hopes other gay athletes will be encouraged to come out and be their authentic selves.

“I thank the giants for giving me the opportunity to be myself and go out there and play the game that I love the most. I’m still in shock on what just happened. But I’m not giving up on what I want to do.”

“I’m still going to open up doors for gay athletes like me. Still will strive to be one of the greatest to do it. I ended on a high note from getting hurt to going out there and pitching my ass off.”

Bates, who confirmed that he had been released by his team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, added, “Baseball, I’m not done with you. I’m leaving on my terms and my terms only. Gay men can play a manly sport if you give us a chance to. Thank you, giants, you guys made a new fan. But gave me a chip to keep going. I love all the new friends that I’ve made. I’m not going to cry. I’m going to keep pushing.”