Mike Bell
Mike Bell Twins.jpg
Third baseman / Coach
Born: (1974-12-07)December 7, 1974
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: March 26, 2021(2021-03-26) (aged 46)
Chandler, Arizona
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 2000, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2000, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.222
Home runs2
Runs batted in4
Teams
As player
As coach

Michael John Bell (December 7, 1974 – March 26, 2021) was an American professional baseball third baseman and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, and was the bench coach of the Minnesota Twins during the 2020 season. He was the brother of David Bell, son of Buddy Bell and grandson of Gus Bell.

Baseball career

Bell attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Texas Rangers selected Bell in the first round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.[1] He played in Minor League Baseball from 1993 to 2005.[2] In 2000, he played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. With the Reds, Bell batted .222 with two home runs and four runs batted in in 19 games.[3]

In 2007, Bell was named the manager of the Yakima Bears, a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.[4] He managed the Visalia Rawhide in 2008 and 2009. Bell then served as the director of player development for the Diamondbacks from 2011 through 2016 and as vice president of player development from 2017 through 2019.[3][2]

On December 17, 2019, the Minnesota Twins named Bell to their coaching staff for the 2020 season, replacing Derek Shelton, who left to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5]

Personal life

Bell and his wife, Kelly, had three children. His father, Buddy Bell, grandfather, Gus Bell, and brother, David Bell, all played in the major leagues.[1]

Bell fell ill in July 2020, and an examination in January 2021 discovered tumors on his kidneys.[6] He underwent a procedure on January 28, and went on indefinite leave from the Twins, working remotely from his Phoenix, Arizona home.[7] Bell died on March 26, 2021, less than two months after his diagnosis.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Goldsmith, Charlie (March 26, 2021). "Mike Bell, Cincinnati native and former Red, dies at 46". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Mike Bell dies at age 46". MLB.com. March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Alex (October 9, 2019). "Get to know Mets managerial candidate Mike Bell". SNY. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "Yakima taps Bell as manager". MiLB.com. March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  5. ^ "Mike Bell hired as Twins' bench coach". MLB.com. December 17, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  6. ^ Zimmerman, Kevin (March 31, 2021). "D-backs GM: Death of Mike Bell 'devastating' for family, baseball". Arizona Sports. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Minnesota Twins bench coach Mike Bell battling kidney cancer". sportsnaut.com. February 18, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  8. ^ Miller, Phil. "Twins bench coach Mike Bell dies of cancer at age 46". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2021.