San Francisco Giants hire former Willie Mac Award winner, David Bell
By Daniel Sperry
The San Francisco Giants have begun to make changes. You should’ve expected that after they went 68-94.
After news broke yesterday afternoon that the San Francisco Giants were interviewing Chili Davis to be their hitting coach, it became clear they were finally starting to make moves on the coaching staff and front office.
Today, Bob Nightengale of USA Today broke that the Giants were hiring Cardinal’s bench coach to be their new Farm Director.
Clearly there is going to be a front office and coaching staff shake up. The Giants farm has been pretty lowly the past few years. While Mike Matheny‘s Cardinals have been halfway decent on the field, they’ve been able to help produce a few solid young talents in Carlos Martinez, Paul DeJong, and Aldemys Diaz.
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Bell was a bit of a journeyman during his playing career, playing in three straight LCS’ series, ’00-’01 with the Mariners, and ’02 with the San Francisco Giants. He scored the walk-off winning run in the 2002 NLCS with the Giants. Bell was also named the 2002 Willie Mac Award Winner.
Shane Turner will be replaced by Bell. Turner had been within the Giants organization for over 20 years, filling various roles.
KNBR reported that Bobby Evans had this to say of the decision:
"“David brings a wealth of experience to this position as a successful major league player, minor league manager, third base coach, hitting coach and most recently as bench coach for the Cardinals the past three seasons”, said Evans. “His presence, leadership and vision will help shape our ongoing strategy and continued commitment to player development. His passion for the game is evident and we are excited to welcome him back into the Giants family.”"
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So far, this is the only truly official movement within the front office or coaching staff. But as interviews continue, and positions open up elsewhere, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as to where the Giants are at.