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Billy Bean Named the MLB's First 'Ambassador for Inclusion'

Updated: 07/15/2014 6:41 PM
Created: 07/15/2014 2:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Lauren Beukelman

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday that former Major League outfielder Billy Bean has been appointed the league's first "Ambassador for Inclusion."

Bean will assist in the guidance and training efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout the MLB. He will also work with Major and Minor League Clubs helping to enforce the MLB-MLBPA Workplace Code of Conduct through equal opportunities. 

Finally, Bean will help to educate those within the league, training in the areas of sexism, homophobia and prejudice which will be presented at the annual industry events. 

"It's a tremendous opportunity to make the game a little bit better and more progressive outside the lines," Billy Bean said.

"Major League Baseball is delighted that Billy, a member of the baseball family, will advise and represent our sport on a wide range of matters," Commissioner Selig said. "As a social institution, our game has important social responsibilities. I believe that Billy will help us proactively cultivate those fundamental principles, and he will serve as a significant resource to our Clubs, current and future players and many others throughout our game."

Bean played in the Major League in the late 80s and early 90s, spending time with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. After his time as an openly gay baseball player, Bean wrote a book on his experience both in and out of the Major League entitled "Going the Other Way."

"MLB continues to lead by example with its social conscience and vision," Billy Bean said. "It is our mission to create an equitable working environment, free of discrimination and prejudice for every player, coach, umpire, and member of the MLB family."

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday that former Major League outfielder Billy Bean has been appointed the league's first
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