Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell will join the Cincinnati Reds' staff as their bench coach, a source familiar with the situation said today.
Bell joined the Pirates prior to the 2013 season. Under Bell, the Pirates hit .245 as a team with a .313 on-base percentage and a .396 slugging percentage. The Pirates’ .709 on-base plus slugging percentage ranked eighth in the National League this season, compared to their .699 OPS that ranked 11th the season before.
Bell, 47, came to the Pirates this season from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He served as the Diamondbacks’ bench coach in 2005-06 before spending three years as an adviser to the club. In 2012 he was the hitting coach for Class AA Mobile in the Diamondbacks organization.
Bell previously crossed paths with new Reds manager Bryan Price when Price was the Diamondbacks pitching coach beginning in 2006.
Between 1989 and ’96, Bell played shortstop for the Pirates, making the All-Star team in 1993 while winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.
Fox Sports first reported the impending move late Monday night.
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