The Cincinnati Reds would announce the hiring of David Bell as their next manager on Sunday.
Bell put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Reds that also includes a club option for 2022. Cincinnati will introduce Bell as the team’s manager in a press conference on Monday, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
David Bell has been named the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He will be introduced at a press conference on Monday at 11:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/BdIlLCGKMG
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 21, 2018
That also means Bell replaces interim manager Jim Riggleman, who did manage for most of the 2018 season. The former player is also a Cincinnati native. And in a lineage of Reds greats, the son of Reds’ executive Buddy Bell. Additionally his grandfather, Gus, is in the Reds’ Hall of Fame. Needless to say, it’s a family business.
David Bell would finish the season as San Francisco Giants farm director. The third generation baseball player also played 12 seasons in the majors as an infielder with six different teams. Now, Bell is part of the fourth father-son duo to manage in the MLB. His father managed the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals. Now it’s the kid’s turn.
But, he’s also previously worked within Cincinnati’s organization in the player development system — as manager for Double-A Carolina from 2009-11 and Triple-A Louisville in 2012. He spent 2014-17 with the St. Louis Cardinals as assistant hitting coach for the first season. Then he became Mike Matheny’s bench coach before moving on to the Giants’ front office.
The new manager in town interviewed for the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers job as well. Meanwhile, Cincinnati had also interviewed other options for the managerial job, including Joe Girardi and Brad Ausmus. Going forward isn’t going to be easy, though. Bell is inheriting a struggling team. The Reds haven’t won more than 70 games in each of the past four years. They haven’t reached the playoffs since 2013 — its last four seasons ending in 90 or more losses. They have also kept hold of last place in the NL Central division.
So Cincinnati certainly has some work to do. And maybe Bell, a hometown hero of sorts, will be the man to do the job. It can only go up from here, right?