In shocking and sad news, the Twins announced that bench coach Mike Bell has passed away at the age of 46. He had been suffering from kidney cancer.
Bell was one of many members of his family who enjoyed a long career in baseball. Grandson of former Major League Baseball outfielder Gus Bell, son of former third baseman and manager Buddy Bell, and brother of former infielder and current Reds captain David Bell, Mike Bell was the Rangers’ 30th pick in 1993. He Former third baseman appeared in the majors in one season – 2000 – as a member of the Reds, his hometown team and one close and dear to the heart of his family.
After ending his professional playing career in 2005, Bell moved up to the ranks of minor and major league coaches in 2007. He was also director of player development with the Diamondbacks before becoming a prominent part of the Twins’ managerial staff. , Rocco Baldelli, before last season. He has garnered managerial interest from players like the Mets, Orioles and Pirates over the past several seasons.
MLBTR sends our condolences to the Bell family, the Twins organization, and all those affected by this sudden and tragic loss.