Twins hire Arizona Diamondbacks VP of Player Development as new bench coach

Twins hire Arizona Diamondbacks VP of Player Development as new bench coach

Updated: December 17, 2019 03:09 PM

The Minnesota Twins added to its major league staff on Tuesday, hiring Mike Bell as the new bench coach.

The move comes after several coaches on last year's major league staff were hired by other clubs this offseason, including former bench coach Derek Shelton, who was hired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Bell, 45, just completed his third season as Vice President of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, his 13th with organization and 27th in professional baseball.

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In his most recent role with Arizona, Bell was responsible for overseeing and maintaining relationships with the Diamondbacks' affiliates, managing coordinators and coaching staffs, and handling player acquisition and transactions. He also spent six seasons as Arizona's Director of Player Development (2011-2016), one as Minor League Field Coordinator (2010) and managed the club's High-A (2008-09) and Low-A (2007) teams.

As a player, Bell was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (30th overall) in 1993 out of Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played parts of 13 seasons in the minors for the Rangers, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.

Bell's older brother, David, is the current manager of the Reds, where his father, former major-leaguer Buddy Bell, is a senior adviser in the front office.

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