By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
“The Umpire is Out!” No, this isn’t a grand coming out party, it’s the name of openly gay MLB umpire Dale Scott’s new autobiography that is set for release in May 2022. The book will include a foreword by Billy Bean, a colleague and former MLB player who is also openly gay.
Scott has been an umpire for Major League Baseball since 1985 working with both the minor leagues and major leagues until his retirement 2017 following a concussion during his last game in Toronto when he was struck in the mask from a pitch during the 8th inning. He came out as gay in 2014 becoming the MLB’s first openly gay umpire and one of the first openly gay officials in the five major professional sports leagues in the USA.
While only releasing the one book, Scott “as enough stories about his career on the field to fill a dozen books” which many of course will be included in the book. The book will also include a personal look into Scott’s life growing up and his internal struggle of having to balance being gay while pretending to be straight for the sake his career. The book will also cover his long-lasting relationship with his husband.
The book also promises to offer an insight into the sport of baseball itself, sharing a unique look into the some of the world’s top baseball players, games, managers and other umpires. Having officiated for thousands of MLB games and having been there for some of baseball’s most historic moments, Scott’s book will no doubt be a great read for any baseball fan, LGBTQIA+ or otherwise.
The Umpire Is Out: Calling the Game and Living My True Self is available for pre order and will be officially out in May 2022.