Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triple-A Affiliate Tabs New Skipper

Former major leaguer David Bell, who managed Reds' Double-A affiliate Carolina for the last three seasons, was announced as the new manager for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday afternoon. He takes the place of Rick Sweet.

Here is a snippet taken from the Bats website regarding the announcement:

"Louisville, KY – Former Louisville Redbird David Bell will manage the Louisville Bats in 2012, marking the first time since 2004 that someone other than Rick Sweet will serve as skipper of the Bats. Joining Bell, who spent the last three seasons at Double-A Carolina, on the coaching staff will be Ted Power, who returns for his seventh season as pitching coach for the Bats, and hitting coach Ryan Jackson.

Bell, 39, was manager at Double-A Carolina from 2009 to 2011 and compiled a 176-239 record. The 2009 season marked his first as a manager or coach at the professional level and this will be his first season at the Triple-A level. Bell played parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers. A member of one of Major League Baseball’s three-generation families, Bell is the son of former third baseman, Buddy, and the grandson of former Reds great, Gus. He played for the Louisville Redbirds from 1995 to 1997 and is just one of four players in Louisville franchise history to hit for the cycle.

Ryan Jackson, 40, enters his first season as Louisville’s hitting coach. It will mark his sixth season in the Reds organization and he spent the last three seasons as hitting coach at Double-A Carolina. Jackson enjoyed an 11-year professional career that included parts of four seasons at the Major League level with the Marlins, Mariners, and Tigers.

Former Redbird Ted Power, 56, will enter his seventh season as Louisville’s pitching coach. Power enjoyed a 13-year Major League career, including five seasons (1983-87) with the Reds.

Sweet, who is the all-time winningest manager in Louisville franchise history, has taken a position as catching coordinator with the Reds and will remain a big part of the Cincinnati organization."

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