Saturday, December 21, 2013

Player Profile: Juan Bell

I have 33 cards of Juan Bell. This one is from 1992 Topps.

Playing career: Shortstop Juan Bell played 329 major league games for the Orioles, Phillies, Brewers, Expos and Red Sox from 1989 to 1995. He hit .212 with 10 HR and 71 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

My memories: I remember him as a big-time prospect who was going to push Cal Ripken to third base. Of course, he didn’t hit nearly well enough to threaten Ripken’s job.

Interesting facts: Brother of former Blue Jays star George Bell.

Where he is now: A baseball instructor in the Dominican Republic who works with MLB.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Juan Bel, between Juan Bellu, a mortgage lender in New Jersey, and Juan Beltran Photography, a fashion photographer in Brooklyn. Another prominent Juan Bell is a Senior Marketing Manager at Gatorade.

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

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