The buzz around Redsland today was the move of David Bell. He is leaving his post as manager of the Louisville Bats and will join Dale Sveum’s staff as the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs.
When the Reds elected to bring back Dusty Baker, the writing was on the wall…of sorts. With Baker in Cincy for two more years (at least), Bell’s trek to being an MLB manager seemingly became a little longer. Bell will be replacing Pat Listach, who was let go after the Cubs final game of 2012.
In his only season as skipper of the Bats, Bell’s squad posted a record of 51-93, last in the IL’s West Division. The record may not have been indicative of what Bell did this past season. Many players either struggled with maintaining their pace from their 2011 seasons or were beset with injuries. Or both.
The two biggest successes that may be attributed to Bell were the seasons put together by Dioner Navarro and Felix Perez. Navarro was selected as an IL All-Star while Perez posted a .301 batting average.
Lutz Claims AFL Player of the Week
For once I write a post and the player I featured is not jinxed. Yesterday, I denoted the Donald Lutz was on the brink of rediscovering his swing as a member of the Peoria Javelinas.
Today, Lutz was named AFL Player of the Week for the third week of the AFL season. Lutz currently leads the AFL in in batting (.517), hits (15), slugging percentage (.793) and total bases (23). For this past week, Lutz led the AFL in hitting (.556), hits (10), SLG (.833) and total bases. He also tied for the lead in runs scored (5) and tied for second in extra-base hits (3).
I think the Reds hulk is putting on a show out there in Arizona.