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Buddy Bell
Bell with the Cleveland Indians, c. 1977
Third baseman / Manager
Born: (1951-08-27) August 27, 1951 (age 72)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1972, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 1989, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.279
Home runs201
Runs batted in1,106
Managerial record519–724
Winning %.418
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

David Gus "Buddy" Bell (born August 27, 1951) is an American former third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) currently serving as vice president and senior advisor to the general manager for the Cincinnati Reds.

After an 18-year career with four teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the Cincinnati Reds, he managed the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals for three seasons each and served as Vice President/Assistant General Manager for the Chicago White Sox. He was a five-time MLB All-Star and won six consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards from 1979–1984.

He is the son of outfielder Gus Bell and the father of former third basemen Mike and David Bell, making them one of five families to have three generations play in the Major Leagues. When David was named Reds manager in October 2018, he and Bell became the fourth father-son pair to serve as major league managers, joining George and Dick Sisler, Bob and Joel Skinner, and Bob and Aaron Boone.[1]

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Bell was born while his father was playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati.[2] He was drafted in 1969 by the Indians and was regarded as a promising prospect from the beginning. He first appeared in the Major Leagues with the Indians in 1972, appearing mostly in the outfield as a rookie, but afterwards becoming a fixture at third base. The 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 185 lb (84 kg) Bell was a solid, but not overpowering, right-handed hitter on a mostly lackluster Indians team. He was named to the All-Star team in 1973.

After the 1978 season Bell was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Toby Harrah — another solid, veteran third baseman. Bell enjoyed his best season with the Rangers in 1979, collecting 200 hits, 101 RBI, and his first Gold Glove Award. From 1979 through 1984, Bell won the Gold Glove for third base in the American League. He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 1984. He finished in the top ten in batting average in 1980 and 1984.

In fielding, Bell was spectacular and often played far off the third base line, taking many base hits from opposing batters. In Total zone runs (a defensive statistic) he is ninth all time (ahead of Willie Mays) and 2nd among all third baseman (behind Brooks Robinson). His Range factor (another defensive stat) is fifth all-time among third baseman. He was in the top 10 in fielding percentage 10 times and finished first three times.

In the middle of the 1985 season, Bell was sent to the Cincinnati Reds, where his father had been a popular player in the 1950s. Buddy responded with two more solid years playing for second place teams under Pete Rose. In 1986, he hit a career-high 20 home runs. In the 1988 season he began to fade and was traded to the Houston Astros. Bell was released in December and returned with the Rangers before the 1989 season, in which he appeared sparingly. In an 18-year career, Bell posted a .279 batting average with 201 home runs and 1106 RBI in 2405 games. He won six Gold Gloves, and made five All-Star Game appearances.

Following retirement, Bell worked for several years as a coach for the Reds, and from 1994-95 for the Indians. He managed the Detroit Tigers from 1996–98. He then managed the Colorado Rockies from 2000 through part of 2002 when he was fired in April after a 6–16 start. As a manager both for Detroit and Colorado, Bell compiled a 184–277 record.

In November 2002, Bell returned to coaching for the Cleveland Indians. On May 31, 2005, the Kansas City Royals hired Bell as their manager, three weeks after Tony Peña resigned. Bell won his first four games as a manager, becoming only the second Royals manager (after Whitey Herzog) to do so and guiding the Royals to their first four-game winning streak since 2003.

Bell took a medical leave of absence from the team on September 20, 2006, after a lump was discovered on his tonsils. Bell had experienced difficulty swallowing in the previous weeks,[3] and went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, following the advice of Royals medical staff. On August 1, 2007, Bell announced that he would not be returning to the Royals bench at the conclusion of the 2007 season. Bell stated that his decision was his own, not based on pressure from the Royals front office, and that he wished to spend more time with his family.[4]

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record
W L Win %
Detroit Tigers 1996 1998 184 277 .399
Colorado Rockies 2000 2002 161 185 .465
Kansas City Royals 2005 2007 174 262 .399
Total 519 724 .418

See also


  1. ^ "Former Mariner David Bell hired as manager of Reds". The Seattle Times. The Associated Press. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Ossino, Del (Jun 16, 1969). "Bell, Crable Go Big League (Sign With AL Clubs)". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Buddy Bell". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cleveland Indians infield coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cleveland Indians bench coach
Succeeded by
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