Jay Stuart Bell (born December 11, 1965) is an American former Major League Baseball shortstop and current Coach. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1986–88), Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–96), Kansas City Royals (1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–2002) and New York Mets (2003). He was the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds, and was the bench coach for the New Zealand national baseball team that competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Bell (right) with the Cincinnati Reds in 2014
|Shortstop / Second baseman|
|Born: December 11, 1965|
Eglin AFB, Florida
|September 29, 1986, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2003, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||860|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bell played his high school baseball at J.M. Tate High School, located in Cantonment, Florida. Originally a first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1984, Bell made 129 errors over his first three minor-league seasons. The following year he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that brought starter Bert Blyleven to the Twins. When he finally reached the majors in 1986, he faced Blyleven in his first major-league at-bat. During this moment, Bell ripped the first pitch he saw from Blyleven for a home run.
Bell maintained his reputation as one of the best shortstops in the 1990s. His range was only average but he had a great knowledge of the hitters and positioned himself well. He won a Gold Glove Award in 1993, breaking a string of thirteen straight National League Gold Gloves at shortstop by Ozzie Smith. It was also the first Gold Glove by a Pirate shortstop since Gene Alley's back-to-back honors in 1966 and 1967.
Though mostly a singles and doubles hitter at first, Bell was also an expert at bunting. Bell did show early signs of his power potential hitting 21 home runs in 1997 and 20 in 1998. A trial switch to second base at end of the '98 season became a permanent move the next spring. Bell belted 36 of his 38 homers from his new position, a total exceeded only by Rogers Hornsby, Davey Johnson and Ryne Sandberg among second basemen. One of those round-trippers was a sixth-inning grand slam off the Oakland Athletics pitcher Jimmy Haynes on the final game before the All-Star break, which won $1 million for an Arizona fan, Gylene Hoyle, who had correctly predicted the batter and the inning for a bases-loaded blast.
In the 2001 World Series, Bell scored the series winning run in Game 7 on a Luis Gonzalez bloop single, then what would become an iconic image was Bell clapping his hands over his head and then running into Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams' arms.
In his career, Bell batted for .265, with 195 home runs, 868 runs batted in, 1,123 runs scored, 1,964 hits, 394 doubles, 67 triples and 91 stolen bases. As a player, Bell was well known for wearing eyeglasses on the field.
After the 2006 season, Bell retired as bench coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks in order to spend more time with his family, who are located in Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida. He currently has a ballfield named after him in Phoenix, called Jay Bell Field. He became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. He received 0.4% of the vote and dropped off the ballot.
Currently, Bell serves as a member of the advisory board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical difficulties. In 2012, he served as the hitting coach for the Mobile Bay Bears, the Double-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks.
On November 11, 2013, Bell was named bench coach of the Cincinnati Reds. On October 22, 2015, it was announced that the Reds would not renew Bell's contract. On January 13, 2017, Bell became the manager for the Class A (Advanced) Tampa Yankees.
On August 29, 2017, Bell became the manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. On January 25, 2018, Bell was named the manager of the Trenton Thunder, the New York Yankees AA affiliate and in 2019 he was promoted to manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees AAA affiliate.
The 1984 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished with a record of 81-81, tied for second in the American League West, and three games behind the division winner Kansas City Royals. Their 81-81 record was an 11-game improvement from 1983, and a 21-game improvement from their 102-loss season of 1982 (the third-worst record in franchise history).
1,598,692 fans attended Twins games, a Twins attendance record, but still the fifth-lowest total in the American League. Towards the end of the season, Calvin Griffith sold the club to local investor Carl Pohlad.1988 Cleveland Indians season
The 1988 Cleveland Indians season was the 88th season for the franchise. The team, managed by Doc Edwards, finished sixth in the American League East.
Despite its mediocre season, the team had a significant legacy in Major League Baseball in the 21st century. Twenty-five years later, five of the 30 MLB managers at the start of the 2013 season were alumni of the 1988 Indians:
Bud Black, pitcher – San Diego Padres
Terry Francona, first baseman/outfielder – Cleveland Indians
John Farrell, pitcher – Boston Red Sox
Charlie Manuel, hitting coach – Philadelphia Phillies
Ron Washington, utility infielder – Texas RangersThe team also had players who became MLB Broadcasters, coaches, and front office executives:
Scott Bailes, pitcher- fill-in broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians
Tom Candiotti, pitcher- radio color analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Rod Nichols, pitcher- former Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach, current Iowa Cubs pitching coach
Rick Rodriguez, pitcher- former Oakland Athletics bullpen coach, current Sacramento River Cats
Greg Swindell, pitcher- former Arizona Diamondbacks pregame and postgame analyst. In 2011, Swindell served as the Color commentator for the Little League Southwest Region tournament
Chris Bando, catcher- former Milwaukee Brewers bench and 3rd base coach from 1996–1998
Jay Bell, infielder- former Arizona Diamondbacks bench and hitting coach, former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, former Cincinnati Reds bench coach
Brook Jacoby, infielder- former Cincinnati Reds hitting coach and current Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach
Willie Upshaw, infielder- former San Francisco Giants 1st base coach
Joe Carter, outfielder- former Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs TV analyst
Dave Clark, outfielder- former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, former Houston Astros interim manager, 3rd base coach, and 1st base coach, and currently the Detroit Tigers third base coach
Cory Snyder, outfielder- hitting coach for the Jackson Generals, a Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners
Pat Tabler, outfielder- Toronto Blue Jays TV color analyst
Rod Allen, outfielder- former Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster, current Detroit Tigers television analyst
Dan Firova, catcher- current Washington Nationals bullpen coach
Doug Jones, closer- current pitching coach of the Boise Hawks, the short-season A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies1990 National League Championship Series
The 1990 National League Championship Series was played between the Cincinnati Reds (91–71) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (95–67). It was the first playoff appearance for both teams since 1979 and the fifth NLCS meeting overall with Cincinnati winning the Pennant in 1970, 1972, and 1975 while Pittsburgh won in 1979.
The Reds won the series, 4–2, and eventually went on to sweep the defending World Champion Oakland Athletics in the World Series. This was the only NLCS during the 1990s that did not feature the Atlanta Braves and was the first of four straight to feature either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Between Game 2 (in Cincinnati) and Game 3 (in Pittsburgh), the teams took two days off instead of the usual one. That Sunday, October 7, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to use Three Rivers Stadium for their scheduled game against the San Diego Chargers, so Game 3 (and by extension, the rest of the series) was pushed back a day.1991 National League Championship Series
The 1991 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (94–68) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64), with the Braves coming out on top in the Series 4–3. It was considered one of the best-pitched seven-game series of the modern era, featuring three 1–0 finishes and four shutouts. The Braves went on to lose in the World Series to the Minnesota Twins in seven games.
The Pirates had the best record in the National League in 1991, and were the first NL East team to win consecutive division championships since the Philadelphia Phillies, their in-state rivals, during their run of three straight NL East championships, from 1976–1978 (in fact, the Pirates won the 1991 NL East title in a game against their rivals). and were expected to win this Series and advance to the World Series. However, the Braves, who went from last place in the National League West in 1990 to first place in the division in 1991, were able to pull off the upset in their memorable run to the World Series versus the Minnesota Twins.1992 National League Championship Series
The 1992 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (98–64) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (96–66) from October 6 to 14. A rematch of the 1991 NLCS, Atlanta won the 1992 NLCS in seven games to advance to their second straight World Series. The series ended in dramatic fashion; in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7, with Atlanta down 2–1 and the bases loaded, the Braves' Francisco Cabrera cracked a two-run single that scored David Justice and Sid Bream. Bream famously slid to score the Series-winning run, beating the throw by Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds.
The Braves would go on to lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series in six games.1993 Major League Baseball season
The 1993 Major League Baseball season was the final season of two-division play in each league, before the Central Division was added the following season, giving both the NL and AL three divisions each.
Sixteen years after the American League expanded from 12 to 14 teams, the National League finally followed suit, with the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) joining the NL. It was also the first season since 1976 that both leagues had the same number of teams. The Toronto Blue Jays capped off the season by winning their second consecutive World Series title, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The World Series was clinched when, in one of the most famous moments in baseball, Joe Carter hit a three-run walk off home run in the 9th to seal the victory at home.1997 Kansas City Royals season
The 1997 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 67 wins and 94 losses.1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season
The 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season was the Diamondbacks' inaugural season. They looked to contend in what was a strong National League Western Division. They finished the season 33 games behind the National League Champion San Diego Padres with a record of 65-97, last in the division. However, they would improve in 1999, finishing with a record of 100-62 and winning 35 games more than the previous year.
Jeff Suppan was the last player from the inaugural team still active in Major League Baseball when he retired in 2012.1998 Major League Baseball draft
The 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 2 and 3, 1998. A total of 1445 players were drafted over the course of 50 rounds.1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 70th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Red Sox of the American League.
Fenway Park was chosen as host because the owners at the time were planning to build a New Fenway Park in a few years but were unable to get the project off the ground in time for the game. This All-Star Game is particularly notable as it featured the nominees for the All-Century Team as well as Ted Williams.In two innings, AL starting pitcher Pedro Martínez struck out the first four batters of the National League, becoming the first pitcher in history to begin the All-Star Game striking out the side. In all he struck out five of the six batters he faced, earning him Game MVP honors, becoming the second player in All-Star Game history to be named MVP as a member of the host team. The game resulted in a win for the American League by the final score of 4-1.Jay Bell (disambiguation)
Jay Bell is a professional baseball player
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James "Jay" Bell (born 24 November 1989) is an English footballer who last played for Marine. He also previously played for Accrington Stanley for three years and made his Football League debut on 26 April 2008 in a 3–1 win over Wrexham. In August 2009, he joined Welsh Premier League side Bala Town, making three appearances before moving to Marine.Jay Bell (writer)
Jay Bell (born February 19, 1977) is an American writer best known as the author of the Something Like... series. The first novel in the series, Something like Summer, is being adapted into a feature film by Blue Seraph Productions under the direction of David Berry and screenwriter Carlos Pedraza.Larry Doughty
Larry Doughty was the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team, from 1989 to 1991.Doughty then became a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, becoming scouting supervisor and later Scouting Director for the Reds from 1983 to 1987. He joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as assistant general manager to Syd Thrift, along with Cincinnati associate Cam Bonifay as his head scout. Doughty replaced Thrift as General Manager of the Pirates on November 7, 1988 due to conflict between Thrift and the ownership group. The Pirates won division titles in Doughty's third and fourth years, with new additions Don Slaught, Zane Smith and Jay Bell.
He was criticized, though, for the loss of top prospects like Wes Chamberlain (on a waiver error) and Moisés Alou (for Smith), hurting the farm system. In 1992, the club's new president, Mark Sauer, replaced Doughty with Ted Simmons.
Doughty was a special assistant to the GM for the San Diego Padres in 1993.
He was the farm director for the Kansas City Royals in 1996 and a VP for player personnel in 1998.
In 1999-2000, Doughty was a special assistant to the GM of the New York Mets.List of Pittsburgh Pirates home run leaders
List of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise home run leaders with 40 or more home runs.(Correct as of March 20, 2019)Pittsburgh Pirates award winners and league leaders
This is a list of all awards won by players and personnel of the Pittsburgh Pirates professional baseball team.Something Like Summer (film)
Something Like Summer is a 2017 drama musical film based upon the 2011 Young Adult novel Something Like Summer by Jay Bell and the first entry in the Something Like... series.Something Like Summer (novel)
Something Like Summer is a 2011 novel by Jay Bell, and the first installment in the Something Like... series. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2017. The novel centers around the life of Benjamin Bentley, a 17 year-old from Houston, Texas, and his tumultuous relationship with two love interests over the span of several years.
It deals primarily with themes of personal fulfillment, self-acceptance and the process of coming out.