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Billy Bean      

Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion and Author of "Going the Other Way"

Billy Bean serves at MLB as Vice-President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner. As a senior advisor to Commissioner Manfred, his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBT inclusion. Among his responsibilities, Bean works with MLB’s 30 clubs to bring awareness to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout baseball to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone.

On July 14, 2014, Bean was announced as Major League Baseball’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion. He played in the Major Leagues from 1987-1995. Bean broke into the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers, and tied a major-league record with four hits in his first game. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Bean was a two-time “All-America” outfielder at Loyola Marymount University before graduating with a degree in Business Administration. During the 1986 season Bean led the Lions to a midseason #1 national ranking and a berth into the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Billy is a member of the MLB Owner’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, was instrumental in the development of MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ bullying prevention program, and oversees MLB’s ‘Ahead in the Count’ minor league education programming. He is also the author of the book, “Going the Other Way.”


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MLB names Bean its first Ambassador for Inclusion |

Major League Baseball names former player Billy Bean as the game's first ... Selig and Bean were accompanied by Lutha Burke, the sister of the late former ...

MLB’s Billy Bean praises A’s for Pride Night event

Billy Bean, Major League Baseball’s ambassador for inclusion, said he was “thrilled to death” to be on hand Wednesday as the A’s held Pride Night at Coliseum to celebrate the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community...

Billy Bean: Helping LGBT people in baseball 'better than making the Hall of Fame'

Billy Bean left Major League Baseball as a player in 1995 in large part because he was unable at the time to reconcile his sexual orientation with his profession. Almost 20 years later he was hired by Major League Baseball as an ambassador for inclusion, being promoted recently to vice-president.

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