Former Cardinal Coach, David Bell Named Cincinnati Reds Manager
Former St. Louis Cardinal, David Bell is the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Bell (46), who had a 12-year MLB career as a 3B/2B, played for the Cardinals from (1995-1998).
He was a bit of a journeyman, also playing for the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers. His last season as a player, was 2006 for the Brew Crew.
Much like his father, Buddy Bell, David had the calling to coach. On Halloween in 2008, he was named the manager of the Cincinnati Reds’ AA affiliate Carolina Mudcats. After spending three seasons managing there, he was hired for the Reds’ AAA Louisville Bats.
Bell got his break back into the majors, by becoming the Chicago Cubs 3B coach for the 2013 season. That offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals hired him on as an assistant hitting coach, replacing Bengie Molina. In 2014, he served St. Louis as the assistant to John Mabry, who took over as hitting coach when Mark McGwire left after spending a season assisting him.
From 2015-2017, Bell was the Cardinals’ bench coach under Mike Matheny.
David left St. Louis to become the VP of player development for the San Francisco Giants, where he spent the 2018 season. There was said to be some interest that the Giants were considering him for a role as GM, but that didn’t come to be.
He interviewed for manager of the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. After interviewing the likes of Joe Girardi and Brad Ausmus, the Reds chose Bell to be their man.
The contract is reportedly a 3-year deal, with a club option for 2022
On a side note, is it surprising to any Cardinals fans that David Bell gets named manager of an MLB team while Mike Matheny still hasn’t surfaced somewhere?