Louisville Bats' manager David Bell, once considered by some as the Cincinnati Reds' manager-in-waiting, has defected to the Chicago Cubs and will serve as their third base coach.
David Bell has been the manager of the Louisville Bats for two seasons now, and that'll pretty much do it.
He has been hired by the Chicago Cubs to be their third base coach, according to the Fay. Bell was considered by many to be the Reds' manager-in-waiting, as he rose through the Reds' minor league management ranks pretty swiftly. Before the 2011 season, he replaced Rick Sweet as the manager in Louisville in a move that many found strange. Sweet had been in Louisville for like a million years or something and was universally loved and respected. It was assumed that the Reds must have really liked Bell, as Sweet was shifted to a role as a roving catching instructor. Or as some like to call it, semi-retirement.
Bell is a Cincinnati kid after all, a third generation Cincinnati kid, even. But he had a tough go of it as the Bats' manager, guiding them to a record of 124-164 in his two seasons. That, along with the fact that the Reds re-upped with Dusty Baker for another two-year hitch, likely gave the Reds little pause in letting Bell go.