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Billy Bean to Throw Out First Pitch at Mets Pride Night

Former player Billy Bean, who is now Major League Baseball's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, will throw out the first pitch for Mets Pride Night.

Bill Bean, MLB's vice president of Social Responsibility and Inclusion, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants, Friday, June 17, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla.Chris O'Meara / AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Bean will throw out the first pitch for Mets Pride Night.

The former player is now Major League Baseball's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. He'll take part Saturday in the first Mets Pride Night in a game against the San Diego Padres.

Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in 1995. In the past two years, he's talked to all 30 MLB ownership groups, various teams and players about struggling with his sexuality during his career and gay and lesbian inclusion in the workplace.

Lou DePaoli, the Mets' executive vice president and chief revenue officer, calls New York a "diverse and inclusive city" and says "we are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community."

A portion of the ticket sales will go to the LGBT Network, which promotes anti-bullying programs in the New York area.

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