The Reds said Sunday he has been given a three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022.
David Bell, who played third base for the Seattle Mariners during the historic 2001 season, has been hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, tasked with helping turn around a team that skidded to a 67-95 record and last-place finish in the NL Central.
The Reds said Sunday he has been given a three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022. The 46-year-old Cincinnati native is to be introduced at a news conference Monday.
The Reds fired Bryan Price, who was the pitching coach when Bell was in Seattle, after a 3-15 start, and Jim Riggleman was interim manager for the rest of the season.
Bell was a minor league manager for the Reds from 2009-12, became the Chicago Cubs’ third base coach in 2013, St. Louis’ assistant hitting coach the following year and the Cardinals’ bench coach for the next three years. He was San Francisco’s vice president of player development last season.
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Bell and his father, Reds front-office executive Buddy, become the fourth father-son duo to serve as major league managers, joining George and Dick Sisler, Bob and Joel Skinner, and Bob and Aaron Boone. Buddy Bell managed the Detroit Tigers (1996-1998), Colorado Rockies (2000-2002) and Kansas City Royals (2005-2007).
David Bell becomes the 63rd manager in Reds’ history.
Bell, a former infielder, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round of the 1990 draft and made his major league debut in 1995. He played parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers.
Bell was acquired by the Mariners in 1998 in a trade that sent Joey Cora to Cleveland. He hit .260 and had a .415 slugging percentage for the 116-win Mariners in 2001, playing 135 games.
Before the 2002 season, Bell was traded to the Giants for Desi Relaford and cash as the Mariners had acquired Jeff Cirillo to play third base.