FORT MYERS, Fla. – Twin Bank coach Mike Bell passed away Friday after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in January. He was 46 years old.
« The Minnesota Twins are devastated by the loss of Mike Bell. In his short time at our club, Mike had an indelibly positive influence – not only on the quality of our team on the field, but above all on everyone he met, ”the club said in a statement. “Everyone who knew Mike on and off the field is widely recognized in our game and better for the experience. The twins, along with the baseball world, mourn Mike’s untimely death. Our thoughts and best wishes go to his wife Kelly, his three children Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family at this difficult time. »
Bell, who came from a three-generation Major League Baseball family, was the grandson of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Gus Bell; the son of longtime player, coach, manager and current Reds CEO Buddy Bell and the brother of David Bell, the current manager of the Reds. Bell had expressed his own management aspirations.
As a player, he played 13 seasons with seven organizations and in 2000 he reached the most important leagues with the Reds.
« Our Reds family is overwhelmed with sadness for the Bells who mourn the loss of Mike. This great baseball family has blessed thousands of people in the 70 years they have dedicated our game, ”said Bob Castellini, Reds chief executive officer, in a statement. “We’re honored that Mike, like his grandfather Gus, his father Buddy, and his brother David, wore Reds uniforms. Our hearts and our support go to Buddy, David and their families. »
Bell joined Rocco Baldelli’s employees in 2020 as the twins’ bank coach after spending 13 years with the Diamondbacks. The 2021 season would have been his 29th in professional baseball.
« No words can adequately express the sadness of Mike Bell’s death. While Mike’s tenure as twins was relatively short, its impact was substantial, » tweeted Dave St. Peter, President and CEO of Twins. « We’re going to be his giant baseball -IQ, miss his character and friendship. »
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