Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's (MLB) ambassador for inclusion, says he respects New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy's honesty in saying he disagrees with Bean's sexuality.

Bean, who publicly announced he's gay in 1999, roughly four years after he retired from the sport, recently visited the Mets.

Murphy told that he “disagrees with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.”

(Related: Daniel Murphy says he “loves” Billy Bean but disagrees 100% with his gay “lifestyle.”)

“He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment,” Bean said in an op-ed.

“It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others,” he added.