A former major league baseball player for the American team, William Daro Bean is an American. He was an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1987–1989), Los Angeles Dodgers (1989), and San Diego Padres (1993–1995) in MLB, and for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in 1992.
After being selected as the first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion in MLB, he received the honor in July 2014. He has served as MLB’s Senior Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner since January 2016, when he was promoted from his previous position as MLB’s Vice President, Ambassador for Inclusion.
Daniel Murphy on Billy Bean: “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a Homosexual”
Billy Bean, now known as Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion, was the first player to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality after his playing days ended in the 1990s. Bean was named Major League Baseball’s “ambassador for inclusiveness” last year, with the responsibility of advising and teaching MLB staff on how to best serve the league’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fans and players.
Bean, along with a slew of other VIPs, ambassadors, special instructors, presenters, and the like, is meeting with various groups this spring to further these goals. Some teams, like the Mets, have even insisted that Bean wear a full uniform throughout his day with the club. The incident occurred in Port St. Lucie the day before yesterday.
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
Murphy went on:
“We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
When Billy Bean was 24 years old, he met the woman he eventually wed at Loyola Marymount. The couple was married for three years. At the age of 28, he had his first sexual encounter with a man.
When Bean was a member of the Padres, he told his parents he was gay.
After Glenn Burke, who came out to his teammates and employers during his playing days but to the general public after his career ended, he became the second Major League Baseball player to publicly come out as homosexual in 1999 when he did so to Lydia Martin of the Miami Herald.
Bean followed his business partner Efrain Veiga, the owner of the Yuca restaurant in Miami, to Miami Beach, Florida.
After a long and happy relationship of thirteen years, Bean and Veiga split up in July 2008.
Following his coming out as gay, Bean published Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball. On July 15, 2014, Bean became the first “Ambassador for Inclusion” for Major League Baseball.
Bean served in this capacity when he advised David Denson, who made history by becoming the first openly homosexual minor league baseball player signed by a major league team.