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.
In the midst of all the trade deadline news around baseball Tuesday, the Royals actually made a couple of other announcements yesterday that might have slid under the radar. So, to catch you up…
ROYALS AND ENTERCOM AGREE TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL: Next season, the Royals will enter into a five-year contract with Entercom for Royals on radio broadcasts.
The contract calls for the 162-game regular season and a minimum of 20 spring exhibitions to be carried on KCSP Radio 610 Sports, with the exception of Sunday games, which will air on News Radio KMBZ (980 AM). The agreement also calls for significant marketing and promotion on all of the Entercom-Kansas City stations, as well as Internet promotion, “themed” game days at the “K,” and appearances by local bands on “610 Saturdays.” Other Entercom-Kansas City stations include KMBZ-AM (980), KQRC-FM (98.9), KRBZ-FM (96.5), KUDL-FM (98.1), KXTR-AM (1660), KYYS-FM (99.7), WDAF-FM (106.5).
T-SHIRT TUESDAY VOTE: You love T-shirts. We love T-shirts. It’s a win-win situation when it comes to T-shirts. So, once again, we are letting you show us just how much you love “T-Shirt Tuesdays” by letting you choose the design!
The final “T-Shirt Tuesday” of the season – a long-sleeve T-shirt – is Sept. 18 when the Royals host the Chicago White Sox. Just like last season, we are holding an on-line vote at royals.com for fans to let us know what design they would like to see on the final T-shirt promotion of the season. There are four different designs to choose from and you have until Wednesday, Aug. 29 to cast your vote. So, get over to royals.com and cast your vote!
And, since we are talking about T-shirts, the next “T-Shirt Tuesday” is Aug. 28 when Detroit is in town. It’s a gray John Buck Jersey Tee, going to the first 20,000 fans and presented by Sprint Wireless.