Rob Bell (baseball)

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Rob Bell
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Relief pitcher
Born: (1977-01-17) January 17, 1977 (age 37)
Newburgh, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2000 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win–loss record 34–37
Earned run average 5.71
Strikeouts 421
Teams

Robert Allen Bell (born January 17, 1977) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000.

Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, Bell pitched in their minor league system until November 10, 1998, when he was traded with Denny Neagle and Michael Tucker to the Cincinnati Reds for Bret Boone and Mike Remlinger.[1][2]

Bell made his major league debut with the Reds on April 8, 2000 against the Chicago Cubs.[3][4] Bell's first season in the Majors wasn't promising, as he finished with an ERA of 5.00 in 26 starts. His record was 7-8 with 112 strikeouts and 73 walks. The following season, Cincinnati had given up on Bell after just 9 starts. His record was 0-5 while his ERA was at 5.48 and was sent down to AAA.

On June 15, 2001, Bell was traded to the Texas Rangers for Rubén Mateo and Edwin Encarnación.[5][6][7] His season did not change after coming to Texas, allowing 23 home runs in just 105.1 innings for the Rangers. Through 18 starts, Bell's ERA was at 7.18 and his record was 5-5.

Bell's 2002 performance was even poorer, pitching to a 6.22 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) and earning a demotion to the minors.

The Rangers released Bell on March 12, 2003.[8] Five days later, Bell signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[9] Bell began the season in the minors, pitching in 12 games before being called up to the majors. Despite pitching 18 starts, Bell's velocity diminished and his high strikeout totals were no more as he struck out just 44 batters in 101 innings. The Devil Rays resigned Bell following the 2003 season.[10] In 2004, Bell ended the season with a career high 8 wins. In 2005, Bell was ineffective both in the minors and in the majors. With the Devil Rays, Bell appeared in just 8 games. In AAA, he only appeared in 22 games. He elected free agency afterwards, ending his 3 year tenure with Tampa Bay.

He signed with the Cleveland Indians on December 15, 2005, but Bell spent the entire 2006 season with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.

Bell signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. By 2007, he had overcome his anxiety attacks, which had plagued him for 2 years.[11]

Bell appeared in 30 games with the Orioles as a reliever, but was outrighted to the minors following the 2007 season, and elected free agency. In December 2007, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, but was released during spring training. In April 2008, Bell signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox, but was released in June.

On February 16, 2013, Bell joined the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a sales account representative for the Hudson Valley Renegades.[12][13]

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