Former outfielder Billy Bean will lead Major League Baseball's outreach efforts to the LGBT community.

Bean, who played for the Tigers, Dodgers and Padres, came out gay after he retired from professional baseball in 1996.

As the league's ambassador for inclusion, Bean will provide training and guidance related to baseball's outreach efforts to the LGBT community.

“Almost 20 years after leaving the game, I got called up again,” Bean said in an op-ed published Thursday at the league's official website.

“After I left baseball, my life changed in many ways. I learned some important lessons from the LGBT community. In turn, I began sharing my story. I regained my confidence and I decided to help others who struggled like me. It took time, but I came to terms with myself. I went to work in the business world, found some success, but I never stopped missing baseball,” he added.