Twin Bank coach Mike Bell died at the age of 46 after a battle with cancer; the baseball world has mourning
The baseball world expressed astonishment and sadness that Twin Chair coach Mike Bell died on Friday at the age of 46 after suffering from kidney cancer.
Bell was a member of a three-generation baseball family: he, Grandpa Gus, Father Buddy, and Brother David played in the majors. Mike Bell spent about three decades in the game as a player, executive, manager and coach. Last season he joined Minnesota team manager Rocco Baldelli.
The three organizations that had a direct link to Mike Bell paid tribute.
“The Minnesota twins are devastated by the loss of Mike Bell,” the team said in its statement. “In the short time he had with our club, Mike had a positive impact, not only on the quality of our team on the field, but above all on everything he knew. It’s important in our game, everyone who knew Mike, off the field, is better for the experience.”
Minnesota decided to move forward with a demonstration against the Brave on Friday night.
Diamondbacks selected Bell in the 1997 expansion draft, but negotiated with Mets in February 1998. Bell joined the organization after finishing his playing career and ended up working in a franchise for 13 years, becoming a player development director.
The Reds and the Bell family have a deep bond. David Bell is the current director of the group and Buddy Bell is the vice president of the Reds. Gus, Buddy and Mike Belle played for the club.
“This wonderful family has blessed thousands of people over the 70 years dedicated to our game,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. “We are honored to have Mike, Grandpa Gus, his Buddy dad and David brothers, wearing the Reds uniform.”