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Cardinals hire David Bell as assistant hitting coach

Dec 10, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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Bengie Molina left his position as Cardinals assistant hitting coach to take a job on the Rangers’ coaching staff and now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that David Bell will replace him in St. Louis.

Bell retired in 2006 after playing 12 seasons in the majors, including four years with the Cardinals, and has recently been managing at Triple-A in the Reds’ farm system. He just turned 41 years old and his father, Buddy Bell, managed in the majors for nine seasons.

  1. cohnjusack - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Queue anti-PED anger mob!

    David Bell was listed in the Mitchell Report for HGH.

    Funny how people only demand you apologize on national TV when you hit 70 home runs…

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      I don’t think much white-out will be needed to erase David Bell from the record books.

    • wsucgrgrl - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      No, it was actually HGC which was legal for players at the time.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Oooohhh and heeeere come the PED apologists with their “it was a legal substance”ses and their “at the time”ses….

  2. spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I’d say David wasn’t thrilled with the Price hire.

    • paperlions - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Maybe, but any major-league level job has got to be a LOT better than a minor league job. Better cities, better travel, better hotels, better pay.

      • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Yeah, but the route to manager doesn’t go from assistant hitting coach to manager, particularly on a team that just re-upped their manager for a bunch of years.

      • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Anyway, great guy to have on the bench. Knowledgeable, and yet probably able to connect to the younger guys. I like the hire.

    • barrygrippo - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Wasn’t David Bell the third base coach with the Cubs last year?

      • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        No AAA manager for the Reds.

      • wsucgrgrl - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Yes, he was the Cubs third base coach last year.

      • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Thanks for the correction, my bad. He was indeed third base coach in Chicago in 2012. Previously he managed the AAA Bats.

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