David Bell, a Cincinnati native, 12–year major league player and current Giants farm director, appears to be the biggest focus of the Reds’ manager search and is considered by some the possible favorite for the job.
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Bell, also the son of former big-league Star Buddy Bell, himself a former MLB manager and now a Reds executive, was first reported here to be one of the eight candidates known to be interviewed — including interim manager Jim Riggleman, ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell, ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi and ex-Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Some have suggested the most likely to win the job at the start were Bell, Farrell and Riggleman, who guided the team to a 64-80 record after taking over following a dreadful 3-18 start under Bryan Price.
Riggleman is recognized for the team’s stark improvement and Farrell is seen as someone who could aid their obvious pitching issue, while Bell is fondly recalled as a Reds minor-league manager before working as Cubs third base coach, Cardinals bench coach and ultimately Giants farm director the last year.
Bell, 46, is credited by Reds people for winning the respect of players, and the Bell name is big in Cincinnati. His father was a schoolboy star in Cincinnati, and before that his grandfather Gus Bell, who also played for the Reds. David starred at legendary Archbishop Moeller High in Cincinnati.
Girardi and Ausmus, like Farrell and Riggleman, too, have extensive MLB managing resumes, with all but Ausmus managing in multiple places. Riggleman is one of a handful of managers to guide five MLB teams.
The Reds also interviewed Billy Hatcher, Freddie Benavides and Pat Kelly from their coaching staff. There’s been some speculation Eduardo Perez, a respected former Astros coach and the son of Reds icon Tony Perez, who also grew up in Cincinnati, could also get a look.
But for now Bell may be the one in the lead.
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