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David Bell named manager for Reds’ AAA team in Louisville


The grandson and son of former major leaguers Gus Bell and Buddy Bell, David, has been named to succeed Rick Sweet as manager of the Louisville Bats.

The Bats are the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate. It’ll be the first time since 2004 that Rick Sweet will not be the manager of the Bats.

David Bell (courtesy of Carolina Mudcats)

Sweet, who is the all-time winningest manager in Louisville franchise history, will stay in the Reds’ organization. He has been named the catching coordinator of the Reds.

The 39-year-old Bell, was the manager at Double-A Carolina from 2009-2011 and had a record of 176-239. 2009 was his debut as a manager at any level.

Bell, who could play 2B, 3B and SS during his 12-year career, spent time with Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

Bell played for the Louisville Redbirds from 1995-1997 and is one of just four players in Louisville franchise history to hit for the cycle (single, double, triple & home run).


Info compiled from Louisville Bats & Cincinnati Reds news

Cincinnati Moeller grad Robinett chooses UD’s baseball program


(courtesy of Dayton Flyers)

Cincinnati Moeller baseball coach Tim Held has reported that one of his players, recent graduate Kyle Robinett, a catcher, is a preferred walk-on and has committed to the University of Dayton Flyers baseball program.

Robinett earned first-team all-Greater Catholic League South Division despite missing half the season with a severe ankle sprain.

Robinette led the Moeller Crusaders in home runs with five.

The Moeller program has produced Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Junior, Buddy Bell, David Bell and Len Matuszek in baseball.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, internet reports

Cincinnati Reds Notebook


By “Joe Big Head” Coopersmith

MSN Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Reds during the recent off-season have been shoring up there minor league coaching staffs.

Ken Griffey, Sr. will be the new hitting coach at Single-A Dayton.

After his baseball career, which included stops with Cincinnati, the Yankees, Atlanta and Seattle, Griffey coached five seasons with the Reds from 1997-2001. Since then, he has been a special assistant to Reds’ general manager and a roving batting instructor.

Griffey is someone that can give young players the inspiration and instruction they need to make to the major leagues. He is a link to the greatest Reds teams, having been one of the regulars on the World Series champions of 1975 and 1976. He also played on Western Division championship teams in 1973 and 1979 as well as the 1981 team that had the best record in baseball but failed to make the playoffs during that strike-shortened season.

during his big-league career, Griffey hit .296 with 152 home runs and 859 RBI’S,  while usually hitting second in the Big Red Machine batting order between Pete Rose and Joe Morgan. Senior, who was the MVP of the 1980 All-Star Game, is also a member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

Former MLB infielder DeLino DeShields will be the new field manager for the Billings Mustangs in 2010. DeShields, the Mustangs hitting coach in 2009, replaces manager Julio Garcia. After managing Billings the last two seasons, Garcia accepted the managerial  post with the rookie Arizona League Reds in Goodyear, Arizona.

DeShields, 40, enjoyed a 13-year major league career Montreal, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago Cubs. He was Montreal’s first-round draft pick in 1987 and turned down a basketball scholarship to Villanova University to sign with the Expos. He made his major league debut in 1990 and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting that season.

He finished his career with Cubs in 2002 and wound up with a lifetime batting average of .268 with 80 homers and 561 RBI’S. His  463 career stolen bases rank him among the top 50 all-time base stealers.

The Double-A Carolina Mudcats barely missed the first half title in David Bell’s initial season as a manager. But that didn’t stop the Reds top management from rehiring him for the 2010 season.

Bell was 65-74 with the MudCats in his first season. The 37 -year third generation major league player spent 12 years with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco. He was the only member of his baseball playing family not to don a Reds uniform-unlike grandfather Gus, father Buddy or brother Mike.