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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay.
The 55-year-old umpire tells the website outsports.com that he married Michael Rausch in November 2013.
Scott has been a member of the big league staff since 1986 and is a crew chief. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Scott provided Referee magazine a photo of himself with Rausch going to last year's opening series in Sydney. The caption in the October issue stated: "He and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, traveled to Australia for the 2014 season opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers."
Scott says in a story posted by Outsports on Tuesday that the photo "could open a Pandora's Box." He adds that his sexuality is "not a surprise" to MLB or the umpire staff.