Twins Tab Mike Bell as New Bench Coach
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins DailyMike Bell has been in professional baseball for the past 27 years, but it’s fair to say that he has spent all 45 years of his life around the big leagues.On Tuesday, he is expected to be named the Twins new Bench Coach.
His brother David Bell played for and is now the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. His father Buddy Bell spent 18 seasons in the big leagues and managed for nine seasons. His grandfather Gus Bell spent 15 seasons in the big leagues in the 1950s and 1960s.
Mike Bell was the 30th overall pick in the 1993 by the Rangers out of nationally-renowned Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. It took some time, but Bell eventually got to the big leagues too. He played in 19 games for the Reds in 2000. He had six hits over 31 plate appearances, but he did hit big-league homers off of Curt Leskanic and Steve Kline.
Following his retirement as a player in 2005, he began a career in coaching and managing. He has spent the past eight seasons as the Vice President of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the role, according to the Diamondbacks website, he oversaw and maintained relationships with affiliates, managed the coordinators and coaching staffs and handled player acquisitions and transactions.
He now joins Manager of the Year Rocco Baldelli’s coaching staff which is still missing one coach. The team has yet to hire an assistant pitching coach (and bullpen coach) to replace Jeremy Hefner, who left to become the Mets pitching coach.
The Twins have now made the news official.
Twins Current Coaching Staff
Rocco Baldelli - Manager
Mike Bell - Bench Coach
Edgar Varela - Hitting Coach
Wes Johnson - Pitching Coach
Rudy Hernandez - Assistant Hitting Coach
Tony Diaz - 3B Coach and Infield Coach
Tommy Watkins - 1B Coach and Outfield Coach
Bill Evers - Catchers Coach
Assistant Pitching Coach - To Be Named Later
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