Mike Bell (bellmi02)

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Michael John Bell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Bell, who played 19 big league games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000, played 14 years in the minors, accumulating over 4,500 at-bats. He was a third baseman most of his career, playing a fair amount of second base as well. He played in eight different organizations, having originally been drafted in the supplemental 1st round of the 1993 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers with the 30th overall pick. Mike is the son of Buddy Bell, brother of David Bell, and grandson of Gus Bell. He is the father of Luke Bell, who was a 34th round pick in the 2019 amateur draft. Barry Larkin and Norm Charlton played with both Mike and Buddy.

Following several years as a manager in their chain, Mike worked his way up to Director of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, spending a decade in the organization and making his home in the state. In 2020, he joined the Minnesota Twins as bench coach for manager Rocco Baldelli. He was slated to return in 2021 but underwent an operation for kidney cancer in January, and was unable to make it to spring training. His condition did not improve and he passed away on March 26th, just before the start of the season.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2007 Yakima Bears Northwest League 33-43 8th Arizona Diamondbacks
2008 Visalia Oaks California League 67-72 7th Arizona Diamondbacks
2009 Visalia Rawhide California League 64-76 6th Arizona Diamondbacks

Further Reading[edit]

  • Daniel Kramer: "Twins hire Mike Bell as bench coach", mlb.com, December 17, 2019. [1]
  • Do-Hyoung Park: "Twins mourn loss of bench coach Mike Bell", mlb.com, March 26, 2021. [2]

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