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Cleveland’s Bell Hits Homerun

April 16, 1998

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland’s David Bell, son of Detroit Tigers manager Buddy Bell, hit an inside-the-park homer off Seattle’s Randy Johnson on Wednesday night.

Bell, claimed on waivers from St. Louis by the Indians, hit a 2-2 pitch from Johnson to the left field wall in the first inning. Glenallen Hill misjudged his distance from the wall and jumped too soon, missing the ball.

Third base coach Jeff Newman waved Bell home as the ball bounced off the 19-foot wall. Hill threw to third baseman Jeff Huson, who bobbled the ball. Bell scored standing up without a throw.

It was the Indians’ first inside the park homer since Joe Carter’s on July 18, 1989, at Minnesota off Frank Viola. It was the first at Jacobs Field.

Bell’s father started his playing career with the Indians and later became a bench coach under manager Mike Hargrove before going to Detroit. Hargrove did not get up to greet Bell, staying on the bench with a huge smile on his face instead.

Bell, a seventh round draft pick by the Indians in 1990, played two games for Cleveland in 1995 before getting traded to the Cardinals.

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