William Daro Bean is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1987–1989), Los Angeles Dodgers (1989), and San Diego Padres (1993–1995), as well as the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1992. Bean publicly came out as gay in 1999. In 2014, Bean was announced as Major League Baseball’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion.
Bean's official title at MLB is 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.
Billy is a member of the MLB Owner’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and was instrumental in the development of MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ bullying prevention program, a groundbreaking educational youth campaign and partnership with ESPN. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball.
Bean has become one of the leading role models for all athletes of diversity, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the US.
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