David Bell joins the Cardinals for his first year as assistant hitting coach. He will work with hitting coach John Mabry, whom he played alongside in 1995-98 with St. Louis and from 1999-2000 in Seattle.
Bell spent the 2013 season as the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs and the previous four seasons as a manager and coach in the Cincinnati Reds organization. After a 12-year Major League career, he began his coaching career in 2009 as the Manager for the Reds' Double-A Carolina team, serving in that position through 2011. He managed the Triple-A Louisville club for the Reds in 2012. Following the 2009 campaign, Bell also managed the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.
Bell, 41, is a member of one of Major League Baseball's three generation families: the son of Buddy Bell and the grandson of Gus Bell. David's career began with Cleveland and continued with St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. He was fortunate to play in 35 postseason games, reaching the ALCS with Seattle in both 2000 and 2001 before reaching the World Series with the N.L. Champion San Francisco Giants in 2002. David faced St. Louis in the 2002 LCS with San Francisco.
The former infielder set career highs with 21 home runs and 78 RBI in 1999 with Seattle and batted a career-best .291 with Philadelphia in 2004. He made his Major League debut in 1995 with Cleveland and was traded to St. Louis on July 27 of that season in a four-player deal that sent pitcher Ken Hill to the Indians. Bell hit for the cycle on June 28, 2004 with Philadelphia, and in doing so became the first grandfather-grandson tandem in Major League history to hit for the cycle (Gus doing so on 6/4/51 while with Pittsburgh at Philadelphia). In 2002, David received the Willie McCovey Award as the Giants' most inspirational player.
A graduate of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Bell helped the club to the 1989 state baseball championship. He was drafted by Cleveland in the seventh round of the 1990 draft. He resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the offseason.