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Former MLB outfielder Rabe weighs in on Sam's announcement

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QU baseball coach and former major league outfielder Josh Rabe (seen here with the Minnesota Twins in 2006) says Mizzou's Michael Sam will be just fine if he helps win games. QU baseball coach and former major league outfielder Josh Rabe (seen here with the Minnesota Twins in 2006) says Mizzou's Michael Sam will be just fine if he helps win games.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- The University of Missouri, and more specifically its football program, has made front page news for the better part of the last 48 hours.

Star defensive end, and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam went public that he was gay on Sunday.

"I think for a lot of people this is a huge step in a positive way, and I'm really proud of Mike for the courage that he's displayed doing this," Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel said on Monday.

Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe played professionally for nine years and made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2006.

Rabe says Sam shouldn't have any problems, as long as he produces.

"I think the clubhouse culture in baseball is a little different than football," Rabe noted. 

"But I think that if he helps his team win and puts money into people's pockets he's going to be just fine."

In full disclosure, Rabe claims during his days in a big league clubhouse having a teammate who's homosexual never crossed his mind. However, Rabe's confident he wouldn't have treated a player any different based on sexual orientation.

"I just think it goes back to treating others how you want to be treated and you treat others with respect," Rabe said. 

"I think it kind of takes cares of itself."

As a coach, Rabe says it's his job to make sure everyone is on the same page.

"You try to manage personalities the best you can," he explained. 

"It's kind of the team atmosphere that manages that portion, and you hope that everybody is a good person on your team, and a productive citizen, in order to create a winning atmosphere on and off the field."

Rabe says Pinkel and Missouri laid the blueprint on how to handle the Michael Sam announcement. He says they did a tremendous job of managing the situation.

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