In 2008 in the Cuban National Series, Bell hit for 31 home runs and 111 RBIs in only 90 games in the regular season. Additionally, he totaled a league-record 252 bases and had the only 25-25 season in the history of Cuban baseball (stealing 25 bases and hitting more than 25 home runs). That year, Bell also led the Cuban league in runs (96) and slugging percentage (.722). In the playoffs, he hit 5 more home runs and, along with his teammate Rolando Meriño, led the offensive of Santiago de Cuba to a win in the Cuban League Championship in 2008. That season he became the first National Series player to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs.