Managing in the big leagues is something Bell said he has prepared for throughout his career. He has thought about the goal for a long time.
“I can’t wait to get started as soon as we’re finished here,” Bell said, “and start reaching out to the players and begin working with everyone in the organization. It’s just going to be a huge team effort, and I can’t wait to get going.”
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Bell takes over a franchise that has suffered five straight losing seasons and finished last in the National League Central Division four years in a row. He pledged to do everything possible to create every edge.
“We’re going to use all the information, all the resources, all the great people in this organization,” Bell said, “to do everything we can to be excellent in the way we prepare and the way we compete very single day in every inning of every game, and we’re going to play hard.”