Major League Baseball has introduced a policy to protect players from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.

The announcement came from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman at Tuesday's All-Star game. Professional sports are trying to become more inclusive and less homophobic as the times change and we try to become a far more progressive and less offensive society.

"The Great American pastime of baseball sends a message that no professional athlete, professional or amateur should have to sit on the sidelines or hide out of fear of being mistreated because of their sexual orientation," said Schneiderman. "I commend the commissioner and Major League Baseball for leading the charge for tolerance in professional sports."

Maybe that last line is a bit presumptuous, but the league deserves a lot of credit for finally making this effort.