David Bell (baseball)

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David Bell
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 23
Third baseman / Second baseman / Coach
Born: (1972-09-14) September 14, 1972 (age 41)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 1995 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2006 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 123
Runs batted in 589
Teams

As player

As coach

David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. Bell is currently the assistant hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He formerly was the manager of the Triple-A Louisville Bats and the former Double-A Carolina Mudcats in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Bell is a member of the Bell family, which is one of the only families to have three generations play in the major leagues. He is the brother of Mike Bell, the son of Buddy Bell, and the grandson of Gus Bell.

Career Highlights[edit]

As a junior at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Bell led his team to a state baseball title. On April 15, 1998, he hit the first inside-the-park home run in Jacobs Field history, and the first for the Indians since 1989. Bell scored the 2002 NLCS winning run for the San Francisco Giants from second on Kenny Lofton's single. Bell was the runner bearing down on home plate in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series when J.T. Snow lifted 3 year old batboy Darren Baker out of harm's way. Near the end of the season, he won the 2002 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership - as voted on by his teammates and coaching staff. He made Major League history on June 28, 2004, by joining his grandfather, Gus Bell, as the first grandfather-grandson combination to hit for the cycle.

Bell was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28, 2006, in a deal that swapped him for minor league pitcher Wilfrido Laureano. The Brewers chose not to re-sign Bell after the 2006 season, and he became a free agent.

Coaching Career[edit]

On October 31, 2008, the Cincinnati Reds named Bell the manager for their Double-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats.[1] Bell spent three seasons as the Mudcats manager. In November 2011 he was named manager of the Reds' Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats.[2]

On October 23, 2012, the Chicago Cubs named Bell the third base coach for the major league club.

On December 10, 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals were set to name him their new assistant hitting coach.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Sheldon (2008-10-31). "Another Bell joins Reds organization". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ Michael Grant (2011-11-29). "David Bell to manage the Louisville Bats, replacing Rick Sweet". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  3. ^ Goold, Derrick (December 10, 2013). "Cards to hire David Bell as assistant hitting coach". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jim Thome
Indians' Minor League Player of the Year
(the Lou Boudreau Award)

1994
Succeeded by
Richie Sexson