Manager Mike Matheny and the St. Louis Cardinals continued their recent policy of internal promotions, filling their open bench coach job on Monday with a current member of the staff.
David Bell has been named the team’s bench coach, agreeing to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. He had served as the Cardinals’ assistant hitting coach during the 2014 season and had been announced as returning for 2015.
Bell, 42, gained his managerial experience in the Cincinnati Reds system from 2009-2012. After leaving the Reds organization, he served as the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs in 2013.
As a player, the infielder enjoyed a 12-year Major League career, suiting up with six different organizations including parts of the 1995-1998 seasons with St. Louis.
St. Louis’ bench coach position opened last week when Mike Aldrete moved to the same position with the Oakland Athletics. He had also been the assistant hitting coach before ascending to the bench coach role in 2012.
Now the club needs a new assistant hitting coach, working with hitting coach John Mabry.
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