NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Major League Baseball would accept an openly gay player.

Michael Sam, a former defensive end for Missouri’s football team, came out publicly in interviews over the weekend and could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

“I think our world has adjusted to that,” Girardi said Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Girardi, who was on hand for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka’s introductory press conference, said “players want players that are going to help them win championships. That’s what we want.”

“You see that there’s a lot of different cultures that come together,” Girardi said. “There’s obviously different ethnic backgrounds, there’s different financial backgrounds, and I think players just want to win.

“Whoever the best players are in that clubhouse, get them in there.”

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