Cards Bench Coach Bell Fired in Dominican

St. Louis Cardinals new bench coach David Bell was fired as manager of Escogido in the Dominican Winter League on Friday.

It has been the best and worst of times for David Bell this winter.

On the positive side, less than two weeks ago, the St. Louis Cardinals assistant hitting coach received an important promotion to replace Mike Aldrete as the club’s bench coach for 2015 and 2016.

What looked to be a positive trend turned negative on Friday as the 42-year-old was dismissed as manager of Leones del Escogido winter league team in the Dominican Republic, reports the league's official website,

At the time of the firing, the Lions were in last place in the six-team league with a 6-15 (.286) record. The club was also last in batting average, runs scored and ERA. No St. Louis prospects are on the team’s active roster, which features Rockies third baseman Jordan Pacheco and top Dodgers prospect, outfielder Joc Pederson.

Along with Bell, Escogido’s pitching coach Rich Sauveur was dismissed. Sauveur has been in the same role with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox since 2008 and with Aguilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican League the prior two winters. Luis Rojas has been named interim manager of the Lions, located in Santo Domingo.

Bell 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’ assistant hitting coach job remains open.

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