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David Bell is the Reds’ new Triple-A manager

Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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David Bell, who retired in 2006 following a 16-season career in the majors, is now the Reds’ new Triple-A manager.

Bell spent the past three years managing at Double-A and gets the promotion despite a 176-239 record there. Rick Sweet, who’d served as Louisville’s manager since 2004, will reportedly take another role in the organization.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Bell played for Louisville when he was coming up through the Reds’ farm system in the 1990s and of course his father, Buddy Bell, has nine seasons of managing experience with the Tigers, Rockies, and Royals.

Most importantly, seeing all these players from my childhood take managing jobs makes me feel really old.

  1. jmcnick - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Do they test Minor league managers for PED’s?

  2. Detroit Michael - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Gus Bell, Buddy’s father, never managed in the majors, so there’s no shot for him to become the first three generation family of MLB managers.

    I’m sure there were other two-generation families who managed before. Connie Mack and his son Earle is the one I can remember without looking it up. There may have been others from earlier eras when baseball teams tended to be moderate-sized family-owned businesses.

  3. metalhead65 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Maybe sweet’s new role will be to take over for dusty so that the prospects who played under him get a fair shot to play in the majors. maybe then batters who come up with guys on base who just walked won’t swing at the first pitch they see and kill rallies like they did all of last season.

  4. granted42 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    How about watching the children of some of the players from your childhood taking managing jobs for making you feel old. Quit your whining, and GET OFF MY LAWN!!

  5. deathmonkey41 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Still to this day, probably the best 3rd baseman Phillies fans have ever seen.

    • peteinfla - Nov 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      Um, that Schmidt guy wasn’t too bad either.

  6. bighitterthelama - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    What is that logo on his hat? Catfish?
    It’s awesome regardless.

    • jamessmyth621 - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      It’s the logo for the Carolina Mudcats and it is indeed awesome. They’ve been the Reds’ AA team for a long time but starting this year they’re the Indians’ high-A club. And they play in a town called Zebulon, NC!

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