Dale Scott, a Major League Baseball umpire since 1986, says he is gay

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.