VP, Social Responsibility & Inclusion
Billy Bean serves as MLB’s Vice-President, Social Responsibility & Inclusion. His role is to provide awareness of baseball’s social responsibility initiatives, with a particular focus on LGBT inclusion, and to communicate resources to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout MLB to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone.
On June 14, 2014, Bean was announced at 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.
He is the author of the book, “Going the Other Way.” He is also an advisory board member of the Sports Equality Foundation, aimed at providing support to LGBT athletes, coaches, and team leaders in every sport.