March 26th, 2021
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks issued the following statement on the passing of Mike Bell, an original expansion draft pick of the franchise in 1997 who served as a minor league manager, field coordinator, farm director and Vice President of Player Development. Bell spent 13 seasons as a coach or executive with the D-backs, including 9 in charge of Player Development. During those 9 years, 47 homegrown players made their Major League debut with Arizona, 36 minor league clubs made playoff appearances and 11 claimed league championships, including 3 affiliates during his final season of 2019.
“Mike was truly beloved by everyone who knew him – from coaches and players to colleagues and staff in Arizona and throughout our minor league system. His loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts but his impact cannot be overstated and his legacy will not be forgotten. Mike brought authenticity and positive energy to every interaction he had, both on and off the field, and he was a true leader in the game of baseball that has embraced his family for three generations. Our deepest condolences are with Kelly, his children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family.”
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