David Bell (baseball)

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David Bell
David Bell.jpg
Bell running to first base
Cincinnati Reds – No. 25
Third baseman / Second baseman / Manager
Born: (1972-09-14) September 14, 1972 (age 46)
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
MLB statistics
Batting average.257
Home runs123
Runs batted in589
As player

As manager

As coach

David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972) is an American baseball former third baseman and current manager for the Cincinnati Reds. During his 12-year MLB playing career, he appeared at all four infield positions and played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers. He made his MLB debut for the Indians in 1995.

Since his playing career, Bell has served as manager of the Triple-A Louisville Bats and the former Double-A Carolina Mudcats in the Reds organization. The grandson of Gus Bell, son of Buddy Bell, and brother of Mike Bell, David Bell is a member of one of five families to have three generations play in the Major Leagues. In addition, David and Buddy are the fifth father-son pair to serve as major league managers, joining Connie Mack and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, Bob and Joel Skinner, and Bob and Aaron Boone.[1]

Playing career[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.[2] Bell spent three seasons as the Mudcats manager. In November 2011 he was named manager of the Reds' Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats.[3]

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

On December 17, 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals announced hiring Bell as their new assistant hitting coach.[4]

From 2015 through 2017, Bell served as the Cardinals' bench coach. He left the team on October 20, 2017, to become the vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants.[5]

Managing career[edit]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On October 21, 2018, the Cincinnati Reds announced Bell had been hired as the 63rd manager in franchise history.[6] The contract spans three years with a club option for a fourth.[6]

Managerial record[edit]

As of games played on October 21, 2018
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Cincinnati Reds 2019 present 0 0 0 0 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Mariner David Bell hired as manager of Reds". The Seattle Times. The Associated Press. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Sheldon (2008-10-31). "Another Bell joins Reds organization". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  3. ^ Michael Grant (2011-11-29). "David Bell to manage the Louisville Bats, replacing Rick Sweet". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  4. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (17 December 2013). "Cards hire Bell to be assistant hitting coach". The Official Site of the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB.com.
  5. ^ "Bench coach Bell departs for Giants". MLB.com. October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Perry, Dayn (October 21, 2018). "Reds hire new manager, sign Cincinnati native David Bell to three-year deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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

Succeeded by
Richie Sexson
Preceded by
Daryle Ward
Hitting for the cycle
June 28, 2004
Succeeded by
Eric Valent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pat Listach
Chicago Cubs third base coach
Succeeded by
Gary Jones
Preceded by
Mike Aldrete
St. Louis Cardinals bench coach
Succeeded by
Mike Shildt