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Indians Hire Bell As Consultant

May 16, 2002

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CLEVELAND (AP) _ Buddy Bell, fired earlier this season as manager of the Colorado Rockies, was hired as a special minor league consultant Thursday by the Cleveland Indians, where he started his playing career.

Bell will assist in the development of Cleveland’s minor league players, coaches and managers. He also will scout National League players.

Bell was fired April 26 after the Rockies opened the season 6-16 _ the worst start in their history.

He also managed the Detroit Tigers from 1996-98, and has a 345-462 career record.

Bell served as the Indians’ infield coach in 1994-95 under manager Mike Hargrove. Current manager Charlie Manuel, who is in the final year of his contract, was the hitting coach on that staff.

Bell began his playing career with the Indians in 1972 and stayed with the club until ’78, when he was traded to the Texas Rangers for third baseman Toby Harrah.

Bell also played with the Reds and Houston Astros before retiring in 1989. He was a five-time All-Star and won six consecutive Gold Gloves at third.

Bell’s father, Gus, played 14 seasons in the major leagues. His son, David, plays for the San Francisco Giants.

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