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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MLB names Billy Bean its first ambassador for inclusion

Billy Bean should not have written that book.

One year after Major League Baseball issued a policy prohibiting players from harassing and discriminating against others players based on their sexual orientation, Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former outfielder Billy Bean to be MLB’s first ambassador for inclusion.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, following Selig’s annual Town Hall Chat on the set of the MLB.com stage at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Selig and Bean were accompanied by Lutha Burke, the sister of the late former Major League outfielder Glenn Burke.

In his new role, Bean, who made public his homosexuality in 1999, will provide guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout Major League Baseball. He will work with Major and Minor League clubs to encourage equal opportunity in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Workplace Code of Conduct.

Bean also will develop educational training initiatives against sexism, homophobia and prejudice and will be present at annual industry events, including the Winter Meetings and the MLB-MLBPA Rookie Career Development Program.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: billy bean, gay rights, lgbt

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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: July 15, 2014 at 07:27 PM (#4751144)
Bean gives Jeets a gift basket tonight as he comes out of the closet.
   2. JE (Jason) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 01:11 AM (#4751639)
I can't wait for the Senate confirmation hearing.
   3. NattyBoh Posted: July 16, 2014 at 06:00 AM (#4751671)
Will his book be titled Money Balls? Who will star in the movie?
   4. Poster Nutbag Posted: July 16, 2014 at 06:33 AM (#4751676)
   5. Joey B. Posted: July 16, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4751992)
Bean also will develop educational training initiatives against sexism, homophobia and prejudice and will be present at annual industry events, including the Winter Meetings and the MLB-MLBPA Rookie Career Development Program.

Oh man, major leaguers are now going to be forced to undergo the same kind of sensitivity training, "Diversity Day" PC bullcrap that all the drones in corporate America have to suffer through?

That'll go over real well. Get ready ballplayers; you have absolutely no idea what you're in for.
   6. Rusty Priske Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4752087)
Yes, because teaching people to not act like ######## is 'PC bullcrap'.
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4752095)
Joey B. longs for the days when he could slap a female employee in the ass and call her cutie, point to the Muslim co-worker and say "You better not have a bomb under your shirt!", and tell everyone in the office how the guy in the pink shirt must be a ######.
   8. Spahn Insane Posted: July 16, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4752152)
Get ready ballplayers; you have absolutely no idea what you're in for.

Yes, the sheer torture of it all must be unimaginable to contemplate.
   9. Al Kaline Trio Posted: July 16, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4752286)
To be fair the sexual harassment videos I've had to watch were pretty terrible, laughable even. If that's what it takes for people to feel comfortable at work they are worth it.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: July 16, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4752319)
MGL has been named MLB's ambassador for conclusion.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4752323)
"Consider this an opportunity for dialogue, education & inclusion" has a nice ring to it.

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