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Friday, March 26, 2021

Twins mourn the loss of bench coach Mike Bell

The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of current bench coach Mike Bell, who passed away today at the age of 46 from cancer. The Twins issued the following statement regarding the loss of Bell:...

Bell joined the Twins organization as manager Rocco Baldelli’s bench coach prior to the club’s division-winning 2020 season; the 2021 campaign was to be his 29th in professional baseball. Before coming to Minnesota, Bell spent the previous 13 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, serving as Vice President of Player Development (2017-19), Director of Player Development (2011-16), Minor League Field Coordinator (2010) and as a minor league manager for three seasons (2008-09 at Single-A Visalia and 2007 at Short-A Yakima). As a player, Bell was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and played parts of 13 seasons (1993-2005) with seven organizations. He made his major league debut on July 20, 2000 for the Cincinnati Reds and hit two homers with four RBI across 19 games.

Mike Bell was part of a three-generation baseball family that is among the most respected and beloved in the game: Grandfather, Gus, played 15 years in the majors; father, Buddy, spent 27 years in Major League Baseball, nine as a manager and 18 as a player; brother, Ricky, was a third-round selection by Los Angeles-NL in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft; and brother, David, is entering his third season as Cincinnati’s manager, after a 12-year playing career in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 04:51 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 26, 2021 at 04:59 PM (#6010315)
Well that's horrible. 46 is WAY too young.
   2. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: March 26, 2021 at 07:36 PM (#6010341)
Just awful.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: March 26, 2021 at 08:01 PM (#6010342)
My condolences to the family.

46 is WAY too young.

Indeed. My sister died two years ago at 47. Much, much too soon.
   4. puck Posted: March 27, 2021 at 06:33 PM (#6010442)
On the Rockies broadcast they said he was only diagnosed 6 weeks ago. A friend's brother had a different cancer, but was also around that age, same deal, where there was very little time between diagnosis and death.

That's the stuff that gives you nightmares.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: March 27, 2021 at 07:00 PM (#6010445)
About 15 years ago the otherwise-healthy librarian at my old high school (in her early 60s) collapsed at Thanksgiving dinner. They rushed her to the hospital and a CAT scan found a Grade IV glioblastoma. She died right after New Year's.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 27, 2021 at 08:29 PM (#6010454)
My condolences to the Bell family.

#5 we had a similar situation with my grandmother when I was younger. She just didn’t seem quite like herself at Thanksgiving, didn’t have the same energy she normally did, so my uncle took her to the doctor the next week. She was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her brain, and she passed away on January 2.

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