Kansas City, MO (August 1, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals today announced that Buddy Bell will manage for the remainder of the 2007 season, then join the front office for 2008 as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager. The announcement was made today in Minneapolis by Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Dayton Moore.
“Buddy and I have had several conversations since the start of this season, and it became apparent to me that he very much wanted to continue in our organization as we go forward, but also wanted to spend more time with his family,” said Moore. “The Kansas City Royals organization and our players have benefited greatly from the experience and leadership of Buddy Bell and I look forward to his continued contributions to our organization in this valuable new role.”
Bell, who will turn 55 on August 27, was named the 14th full-time manager of the Royals on May 31, 2005. The son of former Major League outfielder, Gus Bell, who played for 15 seasons, Buddy had an 18-year big league playing career that spanned Cleveland (1972-78), Texas (1979-85 and 1989), Cincinnati (1985-88) and Houston (1988). He is in his ninth season as a Major League manager, spending three years each with Detroit (1996-1998) and Colorado (2000-2002). He also had two stints as a coach with the Cleveland Indians (1994-95 and 2003-04). Bell’s career has not been limited to the Major League playing field or dugout, also serving as a minor league field coordinator for Cincinnati (1998-99), director of minor league instruction with the White Sox (1991-93) and roving hitting instructor for Cleveland (1990).
Bell and his wife, Gloria, have five children, David, Michael, Ricky, Kristi and Traci. All three of his sons played professionally, with David’s Major League career spanning 12 seasons, and Michael playing with Cincinnati for a year and now currently managing in the Arizona organization.
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