CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have promoted Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager. The announcement was made by Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager.
In his new role, Bell will assist with major-league roster and staffing decisions and undertake amateur and special assignment scouting assignments in addition to maintaining his current responsibility of overseeing the Sox player development system.
Bell, 61, just completed his ninth season in the White Sox organization and first as vice president of player development and special assignments. Bell spent the 2009-11 seasons as Chicago’s director of player development after serving as director of minor league instruction in 2008, a post he also held with the Sox from 1991-93.
Prior to joining the White Sox, Bell spent 13 seasons on major-league staffs, including nine as manager of Detroit (1996-98), Colorado (2000-02) and Kansas City (2005-07).
Bell played 18 seasons in the major leagues with Cleveland (1972-78), Texas (1979-85, ‘89), Cincinnati (1985-88) and Houston (1988), hitting .279 (2,514-8,995) with 201 home runs and 1,106 RBI in 2,405 games. He was a five-time AL All-Star (1973, 1980-82, ‘84) and won six consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards from 1979-84.
His son, David, played in the major leagues from 1995-2006 and was recently named third base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Another son, Mike, played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 and currently is the Director of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His father, Gus, played in the major leagues from 1950-64.