Take former professional baseballer Billy Beanfor instance. Bean made it to the major leagues infinding success over the years as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres. But as a gay man in the brutally anti-gay world of baseball, closeted to teammates and family, Bean found himself unable to reconcile those two worlds.
William Daro Bean born May 11, is an American former professional baseball player. Bean publicly came out as gay in The couple married while Linda was pregnant, but separated when Billy was six months old.
Former major league baseball player Billy Bean has responded to New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy's headline-making remarks about the "gay lifestyle. Bean, who came out as gay after retiring from professional baseball, wrote a lengthy essay on the controversywhich appears on MLB. Noting that he has "tremendous admiration and respect" for Murphy, Bean said he appreciated that the devoutly Christian player "spoke his truth.
Twenty years after he left Major League Baseball and 14 years after coming out as gay, Billy Bean was recently back in a uniform, working out with the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The day with the Mets showed the promise and the challenge of this new job.
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Lucie, Fla. Bean, the league's first ambassador of inclusion, is going from camp to camp providing guidance and training for players and others in order to support those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson wanted Bean's visit to Mets camp to be different, so rather than giving a speech or leading a seminar, Bean suited up in the clubhouse and spent the day on the field with the players — like he did 25 years ago when he played.
Bean, who was an outfielder for teams including the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres from towas the antithesis of the stereotypical jock: he was valedictorian of his high school; he went to a Catholic university; talk of sexual exploits made him uncomfortable; and he became involved with a woman who "fit the image he created" about the proper partner for a "baseball star. There was always something missing, and I felt a restlessness I couldn't quite define or shake. At the same time, I couldn't fathom the alternative.
Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in Since then, the former outfielder who had a six-year career with Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Padres has participated in spring training, spoken with players and thrown batting practice. I grew up in a big family, very conservative. Lot of things that were explanations of why I chose to leave baseball as opposed to talk about what was going on with me.
Skip navigation! Since then, Bean's been working with MLB teams to spark important conversations about LGBTQ issues and to remind baseball fans that the organization welcomes all players, regardless of sexuality. But, Bean's not just some spokesperson.