Rob Bell (baseball)
January 17, 1977 |
Newburgh, New York
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 8, 2000 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 2007 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Earned run average||5.71|
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. Bell made his major league debut with the Reds on April 8, 2000. Bell would spend most of the next five seasons in the majors as a starter.
On June 15, 2001, Bell was traded to the Texas Rangers for Rubén Mateo and Edwin Encarnación. The Rangers released Bell on March 12, 2003, and five days later signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. After spending the next three seasons with the Devil Rays, he became a free agent after the 2005 season. 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 became a minor league free agent after the season and signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
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.
Following his release, he retired from baseball.