The Major League clubhouse is a room of sweat and sacrifice, of dreams and dedication. A room where players at the peak of their professional powers brace and bond and scheme and shower. Entering this room can be intimidating for an outsider, especially if your mission is to stand in.
Bean is one of just two players in Major League Baseball history, out of 18, or so, to come out as homosexual. As with Glenn Burke, the other known player from back in the s, Bean didn't reveal his full self until after his career was over. Not to be confused with Billy Beane the Oakland Athletics president, who is two years older but had his playing career overlap, Billy Bean played nine seasons in the minors among parts of six seasons in the majors — all while locking himself in the proverbial closet.
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.
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.
We've heard from many of the figures on the periphery of Moneyball since the movie hit theaters two weeks ago, but one we hadn't heard from was Billy Bean, the former Tigers, Dodgers, and Padres outfielder who came out of the closet in Bean, because of that slight difference in names, has often been mistaken for the Athletics' GM, and vice versa. This week, though, Bean wrote a piece for Outsports on how the pair's been intertwined for many years :.
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.
By Hannah Withiam. Daniel Murphy has walked away from his old teams, but not his past comments that spurred controversy. Bean has said his decision to retire early from the sport, after just seven seasons in the majors, had to do with not feeling fully accepted by his teammates.
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. He's been interacting directly with clubs, working out in uniform with players during spring training, and making himself available as an educational resource.
Playing for the San Diego Padres, the lefty outfielder fell in love while on a road trip to Miami. Given what he felt at the time was a complete antipathy to gay ballplayers to this day, not one MLB player has come outhe felt he had little choice but to retire at the end of the season to live more openly as a gay man with his partner, a Miami restaurant owner. It has already curtailed much of the bullying and homophobia that once poisoned the major and minor leagues.