White Sox vice president, special assistant to general manager hired by Reds. The former big league manager will be the Reds new vice president.
Chicago White Sox vice president and assistant general manager Buddy Bell will be the leaving the organization. On Monday, the Cincinnati Reds announced they hired Bell as their vice president and senior advisor to general manager and president of baseball operations Dick Williams.
Over the last five seasons, Bell was vice president and assistant general manager with the Sox. Before that, he spent three seasons as the director of player development on the South Side. Bell also has managerial experience in the majors.
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Bell was a manager with three different teams from 1998 through 2007. He managed the Detroit Tigers from 1996-1998. Bell also managed the Colorado Rockies from 2000-2002 and managed the Kansas City Royals from 2005-2007.
The 66-year-old also had a nice playing career in the majors as he played 18 seasons with four different teams (Cleveland, Texas, Cincinnati, and Houston). Bell was a five-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove award winner during his playing time in the majors. Bell hit .279/.341/.406 in his career with 201 home runs and 1,106 RBIs. His final year as a major league player was 1989 with the Rangers.
The Sox reportedly haven’t announced any plans to fill Bell’s vacancy. Bell oversaw solid player development within the Sox farm system. Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf issued a statement regarding Bell’s departure and stated that he left a long-lasting mark on the organization, their minor league staff and players throughout the system.