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Former Shortstop for the Cleveland Indians

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Jay Bell Biography

Jay Bell was born December 11, 1965 in Eglin, Florida and isa former Major League Baseball shortstop and second baseman who played for theCleveland Indians (1986-€“88), Pittsburgh Pirates (1989-€“96), Kansas City Royals(1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-€“2002) and New York Mets (2003). He playedhis high school baseball at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, FL

Bell maintained his reputation as one of the best shortstopsin the 1990s.[citation needed] His range was only average but he had a greatknowledge of the hitters and positioned himself well. Originally a first-roundpick of the Minnesota Twins in 1984, Bell made 129 errors over his first threeminor-league seasons. The following year he was traded to the Indians in a dealthat brought starter Bert Blyleven to Minnesota, and when he finally reachedthe majors in 1986 he faced Blyleven in his first major-league at-bat. Bellpromptly ripped the first pitch he saw from Blyleven for a home run.

Bell won a Gold Glove Award award in 1993, breaking a stringof thirteen straight National League Gold Gloves at shortstop by Ozzie Smith.It was also the first Gold Glove by a Pirate shortstop since Gene Alley'sback-to-back honors in 1966 and 1967.

Though mostly a singles and doubles hitter at first, Bellwas also an expert at bunting. Bell did show early signs of his power potentialhitting 21 home runs in 1997 and 20 in 1998. A trial switch to second base atend of the '98 season became a permanent move the next spring. Bell belted 36of his 38 homers from his new position, a total exceeded only by RogersHornsby, Davey Johnson and Ryne Sandberg among second basemen. One of thoseround-trippers, was a sixth-inning grand slam off the Oakland Athletics pitcherJimmy Haynes on the final game before the All-Star break, that won $1 millionfor an Arizona fan (Gylene Hoyle) who had correctly predicted the batter andthe inning for a bases-loaded blast.

In the 2001 World Series, Bell scored the series winning runin Game 7 on a Luis Gonzales bloop-single, then what would become an iconicimage was Bell clapping his hands over his head and then running intoDiamondback's third basemen Matt Williams' arms.

In his career, Bell batted for .265, with 195 home runs, 868runs batted in, 1123 runs scored, 394 doubles, 67 triples and 91 stolen bases.He also won the Gold Glove award in 1993 and was selected to the All-Star gamethe same year and in 1999. As a player, Bell was well known for wearingeyeglasses on the field.

After the 2006 season, Jay Bell retired as bench coach ofthe Arizona Diamondbacks in order to spend more time with his family inPhoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida.

Jay Bell also has a ballfield named after him in Phoenix, AZcalled Jay Bell Field.

Bell became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Famein 2009. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary tostay on the ballot. He received 0.4% of the vote and dropped off the ballot.

Currently, Bell serves as a member of the advisory board ofthe Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated tohelping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players throughfinancial and medical difficulties. He is also the hitting coach for the MobileBay Bears.


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