Sunday, December 15, 2013

Player Profile: David Bell

I have 22 cards of David Bell. This one is from 1991 Classic Best.

Playing career: Third baseman David Bell played twelve years in the major leagues, mostly for the Cardinals, Mariners and Phillies. He was not the defensive third baseman his father Buddy Bell was, nor the hitter (a little more power, a little less patience), though he was respectable at both. He had much better luck than his dad, who had one of the longest playoff-less careers in history, making the playoffs three times hitting .282 with 3 HR and 13 RBI in 35 games.

My memories: He always played for good teams so I was always aware of him, but he was always just one of the bland regulars overshadowed by bigger stars.

Where he is now: Third base coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Interesting facts: He was listed in the Mitchell Report for buying pregnancy hormone that is used to counteract the effects of steroid use on testosterone.

Google Autocomplete results: David Bell Baseball is seventh when you google David Bell , between David Bell Gyro, referring to the chairman of an advertising agency, and David Bell Studio, a film studio. The first entry when you google David Bell is not the ballplayer but a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Derek Bell.

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