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To Mattingly, NBA's Collins similar to Jackie


LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sees similarities between Jackie Robinson and NBA center Jason Collins, the first active player in a major American sport to announce that he's gay.

Collins detailed his story in a piece for Sports Illustrated on Monday. Mattingly said he heard about the news and drew comparisons to Robinson, who integrated baseball in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"It seems a little bit like a Jackie Robinson type thing to me," Mattingly said before Monday's game against the Rockies. "He's crossing some barriers. I think it will be interesting to follow and see what happens."

Would an openly gay player be accepted in the Dodgers' clubhouse?

"I think it would be OK," Mattingly said. "I would think that a lot like Jackie, [Collins] would make it easier for anyone else that wants to step forward."

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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