The former General Manager and the current vice-president of Major League Baseball (MLB), Billy Bean who came out publicly as a gay in 1999, has credited the LGBT community by developing the strategies in support to the gay rights and honor.
Leaving behind the career as MLB player, he has stood up as the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics and then the vice president and the assistant to commissioner Rob Manfred with many successes.
Billy Bean's Struggle As Gay
As being an ambassador of the baseball, Billy says that he wants to be the great role model for the young athletes who are still in the closet. Billy Bean came out publicly as gay in 1999 after his departure, but he still regrets the year of 90's, when he resigned from his baseball career rather than telling the people that he was gay.
Billy said that the double life he led was just an exhausting one. Further, he added that there wasn’t a message which made him feel he could share that part of his life with the public.
But as of today, Billy seems pleased to the sports community’s efforts towards LGBTI inclusion and understanding. Billy, who was among the first gay pro baseball players to go public, disclosed in 2014 that he was gratified to be one of the first people and is happy of what his life was presented to him.
Billy Bean with his former co-player from Minnesota Twins (Photo: CBS Baltimore)
The 56-year-old manager was married to the woman. But after the separation from his ex-wife, he has dated multiple men. Before his coming out, he said that he felt confined and suffocated when he couldn't share about his relationship with his colleagues. He lost a partner but didn't share his loss with anyone and bottled his feelings to himself.
In an emotional video shared on YouTube, Billy mentioned that he realized what it means to live openly and the obstacles that the gay and the lesbian community are confronted with as he was not able to save his partner.
How Does Billy Bean Accumulate Net Worth?
Billy Bean, age 56, garners his net worth from his professional career as an American baseball General Manager. He has a total value of $6 million with an average salary of $1 million per year.
Billy had his career as a baseball player from mid-eighties. As a player, he played from New York Mets ( 1984-1985), Minnesota Twins (1986-1987), Detroit Tigers (1988), and Oakland Athletics (1989). Billy started a three-year stint as a baseball scout with the A's after resigning from the baseball career in 1990. After three years in 1993, he got promoted to the assistant general manager and later became the General Manager (GM) in October 1997.
Following his career as a General Manager of Oakland Athletics, he was named Beane#10 on Sports Illustrated's Top 10 GMs/Executives of all the Decade in December 2009.
Later in 2017, his responsibilities were expanded by Major League Baseball (MLB), which changed his title to the vice-president and special assistant to commissioner Rob Manfred, where he reports to Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney and have streamlined access to Manfred. He also engaged himself in developing the strategies with a focus on the LGBT community.
Born in 1962, in Orlando, Florida, the United States, Billy Bean celebrates his birthday on 29 March. Holding an American nationality, Billy Bean characterizes the birth sign of Aries.
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He attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, where he used to play football and basketball. Later he joined the University of California at San Diego and studied economics at the age of 18.