George Bell (outfielder)

Jorge Antonio Bell Mathey (born October 21, 1959), better known as George Bell, is a Dominican former left fielder and American League MVP in Major League Baseball who played 12 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays (1981, 1983–1990), Chicago Cubs (1991) and Chicago White Sox (1992–1993). Bell batted and threw right-handed.

George Bell
George Bell 1985
Bell playing for the Blue Jays in 1985
Left fielder
Born: October 21, 1959 (age 59)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1981, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1993, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.278
Home runs265
Runs batted in1,002
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Canadian
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George Bell is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence.

Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, Bell was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980 Rule 5 draft.[1] Bell was discovered in the Dominican Republic by Blue Jays scout Epy Guerrero. His first season as a regular was in 1984, when he teamed with Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield to form a successful outfield for the Blue Jays. That outfield, along with solid starting pitching, led the Blue Jays to their first-ever American League East division title in 1985. Bell caught a fly ball, off the bat of Ron Hassey, for the final out in the 5–1 victory over the New York Yankees on October 5, clinching the division title for the Blue Jays. Despite Bell's .321 average in the ALCS, they lost the series to the Kansas City Royals.

His best season came in 1987 when the Blue Jays ultimately fell two games short of the Detroit Tigers in the division race. Bell finished with a .308 BA, .352 OBP, .608 SLG, 111 R, 47 HR and a league-leading 134 RBI. He was awarded the American League MVP award that year.

On April 4, 1988, Bell became the first player in Major League history to hit three home runs on an opening day (all of them coming off of Bret Saberhagen),[2] however, his play throughout the year declined as he conflicted with Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams, who wanted Bell to become the Jays' full-time designated hitter.

Bell had a bounce-back year in 1989, posting a .297 average, 18 HR and 104 RBI, helping the Blue Jays win their second division title. However, in the ALCS, he only hit .200 with one home run, as they lost the series to the Oakland Athletics. Bell became a free agent after the 1990 season and signed with the Chicago Cubs. After one year with the Cubs, he was traded across town to the Chicago White Sox for Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson.

He played two years with the White Sox, recording 25 HR and 112 RBI in 1992. In 1993 his play declined, primarily due to a persistent knee injury. He was benched in the ALCS against his former team, the Blue Jays, and was released at the end of the season, after which he announced his retirement.

Bell was a powerful free-swinger, usually posting a good slugging percentage and relatively low strikeout rate, but a poor on-base percentage. He was known as a mediocre defensive player and played mainly as a designated hitter during the last two years of his career, despite his strong preference for playing in the field. Despite his success on the field, Bell had a love-hate relationship with the fans and media in Toronto, particularly in his later years as his declining defensive game came to overshadow his offensive talents. After the fans booed him for committing an error, he told the media that the fans could "kiss my purple butt." The next day a sign appeared in left field "George, we are behind you all the way." Bell's difficult relationship with the Toronto sports media was exacerbated by his reluctance to do interviews during his early years with the Blue Jays (which was due to his then-weak knowledge with the English language). Towards the end of his time in Toronto, however, Bell warmed to the media, who in turn began to soften their often harsh criticisms of his play and attitude.

On May 28, 1989, while with the Blue Jays, Bell hit a walk-off home run in a 7–5 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the final Major League game played at Exhibition Stadium. Bell also homered in the first game at the Blue Jays' new park, the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre), on June 5, eight days later.

George Bell is currently enshrined in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre's Level of Excellence, devoted to players and personnel who have made a significant impact as members of the Toronto Blue Jays. He shares the honor with Tony Fernández, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Pat Gillick, Dave Stieb, Tom Cheek, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Delgado, Paul Beeston, and Roy Halladay.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal life

He was the older brother of late major leaguer Juan Bell.

See also


  1. ^ George Bell Statistics and History Accessed on January 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bell, as D.H., Belts Record 3 Homers". The New York Times. AP. 4 April 1988.
  3. ^ "George Bell". Retrieved 25 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)

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Bell (surname)

Bell is a surname common in English speaking countries with several word-origins.

The surname is derived from the Middle English bell. This surname likely originated as an occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker; or else from a topographic name for someone who lived by an actual bell, or by a house sign or inn sign. In other cases, the surname Bell is derived from the mediaeval personal name Bel. The masculine form of this personal name is derived from the Old French beu, bel ("handsome"); the feminine form of the name represents a short form of Isobel. In some cases, the surname originates from a nickname, or descriptive name, derived from the Old French bel ("beautiful", "fair"). In other cases, the surname Bell represents an English form of the Gaelic surname Mac Giolla Mhaoil ("son of the servant of the devotee"). In some cases, the surname is derived from placenames in Norway (Bell) and Germany (Bell in Rhineland; and possibly Belle, in Westphalia). The surname Bell is also sometimes an Anglicized form of the German Böhl or Böll.Early attested forms of the surname when of a patronymic origin include: Ailuuardus "filius Belli", in 1086; Ricardus "filius Bell", in 1279; and Osbertus "filius Belle", in 1297. Early attested forms of the surname, when originating from an occupational name include: Seaman "Belle", in 1181–1187; and Serlo "Belle", in 1190. An early attested form of the surname when originating from someone who lived near a sign of a bell is: John "atte Belle", in 1332. Early attested forms of the surname when originating from nickname include: Hugo "bel" in 1148; and Robertus "bellus", and Robert "le bel", both in 1186–1200. Today the surname Bell can be found in many parts of the world. It is the 67th most popular surname in the United States and the 36th most common surname in Scotland.

George Bell

George Bell may refer to:

George Joseph Bell (1770–1843), Scottish jurist and legal author

George Bell (surgeon) (1777–1832) official Surgeon to King George IV in Scotland, son of Benjamin Bell

George Bell (British Army officer) (1794–1877), Irish general

George Bell (publisher) (1814–1890), British publisher, founder of George Bell & Sons

George Bell (brigadier general) (1828–1907), American Civil War brigadier general

George H. Bell (1839–1917), American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient

George Alexander Bell (1856–1927), Canadian pioneer and Saskatchewan politician

George John Bell (1872–1944), Australian politician

George Bell (pitcher) (1874–1941), baseball player

George Bell (painter) (1878–1966), Australian painter

George Bell (trade unionist) (1878-1959), British trade union leader

George Bell (bishop) (1883–1958), Anglican bishop of Chichester

Max Bell (George Maxwell Bell, 1912–1972), Canadian newspaper publisher and businessman

George T. Bell (1913–1973), special assistant to United States President Richard Nixon

George Gray Bell (1920–2000), Canadian soldier, civil servant, and academic

George Irving Bell (1926–2000), American physicist, biologist and mountaineer

George Bell (basketball) (born 1957), Harlem Globetrotter and tallest American man

George Bell (outfielder) (born 1959), Dominican Republic baseball player

George Bell (Canadian politician) (1869–1940), early 20th century politician in British Columbia

George Bell (footballer) (1861–1959), West Bromwich Albion footballer

George E. Bell (1883–1970), provincial politician from Alberta, Canada

George Bell (editor) (1809–1899), New Zealand newspaper proprietor and editor

George Bell (Australian footballer) (1912–1999), Australian rules footballer

George Bell, Jr. (1859–1926), United States Army major generalGeorge Bell may also refer to:

George Bell & Sons, a London publishing house


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