David Bell (baseball)
|Third baseman / Second baseman / Coach|
September 14, 1972 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|May 3, 1995 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2006 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||589|
David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. 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.
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.
On October 31, 2008, the Cincinnati Reds named Bell the manager for their Double-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. Bell spent three seasons as the Mudcats manager. In November 2011 he was named manager of the Reds' Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats.
- Mark Sheldon (2008-10-31). "Another Bell joins Reds organization". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- Michael Grant (2011-11-29). "David Bell to manage the Louisville Bats, replacing Rick Sweet". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- "Cards to hire David Bell as assistant hitting coach". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 10, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|Awards and achievements|
|Indians' Minor League Player of the Year
(the Lou Boudreau Award)