Mike Bell Biography – Mike Bell Wiki
Mike Bell (full name Michael John Bell) was an American professional baseball third baseman and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, and was the bench coach of the Minnesota Twins during the 2020 season.
He was originally a first-round pick with the Texas Rangers in 1993 after graduating from Moeller High School. He spent a lengthy Minor League career from 1993-2005 in the Rangers, Mets, Reds, Rockies, D-backs, White Sox, and Cardinals organizations. He would reach the majors with the Cincinnati Reds as a 25-year-old in 2000, hitting .222/.323/.444 with two home runs in 19 games.
He retired after the 2005 season and moved into non-playing roles. He spent 13 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, serving first as a minor-league manager and eventually becoming their vice president of player development before departing to join the Twins.
Mike Bell Age
He was born on December 7, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died on March 26, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 46 years old.
Mike Bell Wife
Mike Bell was married to his wife, Kelly.
Mike Bell Children
He had three children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline.
Mike Bell Family
He was the brother of David Bell, a former player and current manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Another brother, Ricky, was a fellow first-round pick, although he didn’t reach the Show during his career. He was the son of Buddy Bell, a five-time All-Star who later managed three teams. Buddy Bell had an 18-year MLB career and played with the Reds for four seasons. He was the grandson of Gus Bell, a four-time All-Star in the 1950s, who played 15 years as an outfielder for the Pirates, Reds, Mets, and Braves. Gus Bell played for the Reds from 1953-1961 and was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1964.
Mike Bell Death
Mike Bell died on March 26, 2021, aged 46 after battling kidney cancer, the Minnesota Twins announced. The Twins issued the following statement: “The Minnesota Twins are devastated by the loss of Mike Bell. In his short time with our club, Mike had an indelibly positive impact – not only on the quality of our team on the field, but most importantly upon everyone whom he met. Widely respected in our game, all who knew Mike, on and off the field, are better for the experience. The Twins join the baseball world in mourning Mike’s untimely passing; our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife, Kelly, his three children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family during this difficult time.”
The Diamondbacks said in a statement: “Mike was truly beloved by everyone who knew him — from coaches and players to colleagues and staff in Arizona and throughout our Minor League system. His loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts but his impact cannot be overstated and his legacy will not be forgotten. Mike brought authenticity and positive energy to every interaction he had, both on and off the field, and he was a true leader in the game of baseball that has embraced his family for three generations. Our deepest condolences are with Kelly, his children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family.”
Reds owner Bob Castellini said in a statement: “Our Reds family is overwhelmed with sadness for the Bells as they mourn the loss of Mike. This great baseball family blessed thousands of people over the 70 years it has devoted to our game. We are honored that Mike, like his grandfather Gus, his father Buddy, and brother David, wore a Reds uniform. Our hearts and support go out to Buddy, David and their families”
Mike Bell Cause of Death
Mike Bell’s cause of death was kidney cancer. The Minnesota Twins announced in February 2021 that Bell had been diagnosed with kidney cancer during the offseason and had undergone a surgical procedure on January 28, 2021, to remove the growth and surrounding tissue. After undergoing the surgery, he took time off to recover at his home in Arizona. “He’s also very, very optimistic and also very encouraged and waiting for his return to the dugout,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters at the time. “The situation, it’s obviously serious, but Mike has handled this with great courage.”