Former Knights Infielder David Bell Named Cincinnati Reds Manager
On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Cincinnati Reds introduced David Bell as their new field manager for the 2019 season. Bell, a native of Cincinnati, most recently spent time with the San Francisco Giants as vice president of player development (2017–18). He also has worked as bench coach and assistant hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and the third-base coach for the Chicago Cubs.
As a player, Bell, 46, spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors and parts of eight in the minors. Originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round of the 1990 draft, Bell made his way through the organization and played for the Charlotte Knights in 1994 when the team was the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians. That season, he hit .293 (141-for-481) with 18 home runs and 88 RBIs in 134 games with the Knights.
DID YOU KNOW: Bell will now become the third player from the 1994 Charlotte Knights team to manage in the majors, joining Joel Skinner and John Farrell. Additionally, two players from that 1994 team have been Major League Baseball GMs — Ruben Amaro Jr. and Jerry DiPoto.
Bell comes from a legendary baseball family. His grandfather Gus played 15 seasons in the majors, while his dad, Buddy, played 18 seasons. Buddy, a former member of the Chicago White Sox front office, is currently a member of the Reds front office. David’s brother, Mike, also played professionally, including 19 games with the Reds in 2000 and 124 with the Knights in 2004.