If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times: The most important thing any professional sports league in the world has done for the LGBT community is Major League Baseball’s hiring of Billy Bean.

Having an out LGBT person working in the commissioner’s office in New York City, and traveling the country to visit with the league’s 30 teams and various Minor League programs, is a game-changer.

So it should be no surprise that MLB would announce a partnership with ESPN for the Shred Hate campaign that would be initially focused with big, big plans to expand.

"Major League Baseball and our clubs believe in creating respectful, non-discriminatory and anti-harassment environments in our ballparks, clubhouses and front offices," Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said to MLB.com. "We are proud to extend that approach through Shred Hate as we work with our partners at ESPN and No Bully to make a meaningful impact on the development of our society's future leaders."

Check out the full article on MLB.com, complete with some incredibly impressive stats on the effectiveness of the Shred Hate campaign.