Jay Bell is back with the Diamondbacks organization. Bell, who was with the club as a player from 1998 to 2002 and then as Bob Melvin’s bench coach from 2005 to 2006, will be Double-A Mobile’s hitting coach in an announcement made by the Arizona organization on Tuesday.
Bell, an original D’Back, who signed a five-year deal prior to the Expansion Draft in 1997, will always be known for scoring the series-winning run in Game Seven of the 2001 World Series over the New York Yankees. The biggest season of his career came in 1999 when in a D’Backs uniform. During that season when the Diamondbacks made their first postseason appearance in franchise history, Bell had career highs in home runs, RBI’s, walks and runs scored.
The now 45-year-old is right at the top of most of the organization’s offensive categories. Bell is fourth in on-base percentage, seventh in hits, fourth in home runs, fifth in RBI’s and fourth in runs scored. Bell spent his final season in the desert in 2002 and then went to the Big Apple to play for the Mets before retiring at the end of the 2003 season.
It remains to be if Bell can be successful as a hitting coach for Mobile, but you know that he will try his hardest. In his playing days, Bell was a tireless worker and played the game the right way. Best of luck to him in working with some Diamondbacks young hitters going forward.