Buddy Bell Announcement

From Media Relations…

Kansas City, MO (August 1, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals today announced that Buddy Bell will manage for the remainder of the 2007 season, then join the front office for 2008 as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager. The announcement was made today in Minneapolis by Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore.

“Buddy and I have had several conversations since the start of this season, and it became apparent to me that he very much wanted to continue in our organization as we go forward, but also wanted to spend more time with his family,” said Moore. “The Kansas City Royals organization and our players have benefited greatly from the experience and leadership of Buddy Bell and I look forward to his continued contributions to our organization in this valuable new role.”

Bell, who will turn 55 on August 27, was named the 14th full-time manager of the Royals on May 31, 2005. The son of former Major League outfielder, Gus Bell, who played for 15 seasons, Buddy had an 18-year big league playing career that spanned Cleveland (1972-78), Texas (1979-85 and 1989), Cincinnati (1985-88) and Houston (1988).  He is in his ninth season as a Major League manager, spending three years each with Detroit (1996-1998) and Colorado (2000-2002). He also had two stints as a coach with the Cleveland Indians (1994-95 and 2003-04). Bell’s career has not been limited to the Major League playing field or dugout, also serving as a minor league field coordinator for Cincinnati (1998-99), director of minor league instruction with the White Sox (1991-93) and roving hitting instructor for Cleveland (1990).

Bell and his wife, Gloria, have five children, David, Michael, Ricky, Kristi and Traci. All three of his sons played professionally, with David’s Major League career spanning 12 seasons, and Michael playing with Cincinnati for a year and now currently managing in the Arizona organization.


I’m speculating that former Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone (currently Orioles’ pitching coach) will be the next Royals manager. Hey, why not? It’s that Dayton Moore connection (attachment) with his former organization. Look at the Dotel trade to the Braves for Davies.

Buddy Bell has done a great job of coaching the Royals. I think Joe Posnaski said it best in the KC Star today…Buddy gave the players a sense that they matter. He built their confidence. He aired out guys for loafing and believed in guys when they were “lost.”
Although we’ll miss Buddy Bell, he’ll still be a member of the Royals.

I’d like to see Frank White have a chance to manage the Royals in 2008.

Good luck, Royals, and thanks, Buddy Bell, for helping the Royals become professional again.

I’m sure that Buddy Bell is a nice person. But what the players need is a manager who will kick them in the a** and get them going. These overpaid athletes are prima donnas who don’t need a softy to massage their egos. Baseball is a business and when the team don’t win games, people don’t attend.

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