Bell to manage Louisville

In the Reds Minor Leagues, there have been some changes revealed today. David Bell will be the new manager at Triple-A Louisville. Bell had been the manager at Double-A Carolina since 2009.

Former Louisville manager Rick Sweet is switching to become the Reds’ Minor League catching coordinator. Sweet had managed at Louisville since 2004.

Ted Power remains Louisville’s pitching coach and is back for a seventh season. Ryan Jackson is moving up to become the new hitting coach but is entering his sixth season with the organization. He was the hitting coach with Bell in Carolina the past three seasons.

Here is more about Bell from the Louisville press release:

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.

I spoke with player development director Bill Bavasi about the moves and will have a story on shortly.


Bell should do very well with Louisville

wow….I would really like to know the reasoning behind the “demotion” of Rick Sweet! How many games do you have to win at the AAA level to keep your job as a manager? Unless Rick Sweet asked for it, this is not right!

Probably not a demotion. Managers winning are not necessarily the goal of the minor league clubs. Development, instruction, and the feeding of polished players to the” mother club” are. This actually puts Sweet in a better position to have that kind of impact. I would not be surprised to learn that his salary took a sizeable hike.

Well this way, there will be less of a shakeup to the organization when Rick Sweet replaces Dusty Baker midway through the season.

Don’t you think that Bell is the Reds manager in 2012. I’ve heard for a couple of years that he is the fair haired boy of the system.

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