The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of current bench coach Mike Bell, who passed away today at the age of 46 from cancer.
At the request of the Bell family, we will play tonight’s game in honor of Mike. pic.twitter.com/3Eq2N08aUO
– Minnesota Twins (@Twins) March 26, 2021
Bell took leave in February following a kidney cancer diagnosis, according to multiple reports.
The Twins issued the following statement:
“The Minnesota Twins are devastated by the loss of Mike Bell. In his short time with our club, Mike had a positive and indelible impact, not only on the quality of our team on the field, but most importantly on all who met. respected in our game, everyone who knew Mike, on and off the field, is better for the experience. The Twins join the world of baseball in mourning Mike’s untimely passing; our thoughts and best wishes go out to him. wife, Kelly, their three children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family during this difficult time. “
Bell joined the organization prior to the 2020 season. Before coming to Minnesota, Bell spent 13 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks in various positions, including vice president of player development. During his playing career, Bell was selected in the first round of the 1993 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers and played parts of 13 seasons with seven organizations.
Bell was part of a three-generation baseball family that is widely respected in the game. His grandfather, Gus, played 15 seasons in the majors; his father, Buddy, spent 27 years in MLB, including nine as a manager; his brother, Ricky, was a third-round pick for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1997 MLB Draft; and his brother, David, played 12 years in the majors and is now in his third year as coach of the Cincinnati Reds.