Cincinnati Reds choose David Bell as their new manager

Three weeks after ending the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Reds picked David Bell as their 63rd manager in franchise history, the team announced Sunday.

The Reds will introduce Bell as their manager at a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday. He agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for 2022.

Bell, 46, completed his first season as the San Francisco Giants’ farm director. The Cincinnati native was a third-generation Major Leaguer and had a 12-year playing career. His grandfather, Gus, is in the Reds Hall of Fame and his dad, Buddy, is a senior advisor in the organization.

Bell will be a part of the fourth father-son duo to serve as managers in MLB history. His dad previously managed the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals. 

The Reds interviewed at least 12 candidates for their managerial decision before selecting Bell. He was one of three candidates, along with Joe Girardi and Brad Ausmus, who received second interviews in the past week.

Bell was reportedly a finalist for the Toronto Blue Jays job and interviewed with the Texas Rangers.

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