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Jay Bell #49

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Full Name:
Jay Bell
Uniform #:
49

COACHING CAREER: Jay Bell is in his first season in the organization... worked with Reds manager Bryan Price at Arizona in 2006, when Bell was Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin's bench coach and Price the pitching coach...worked in Arizona for 5 seasons overall, as bench coach for the Major League club in 2005 and 2006 and as an advisor for 3 more seasons from 2007-2009...in 2012 was the hitting coach for the Southern League champion Mobile Baybears, the Diamondbacks' Class AA affiliate...spent the 2013 season as hitting coach for the Wild Card winner Pirates under manager Clint Hurdle...in November 2012 was the hitting coach for New Zealand in the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in Taipei City, Taiwan...also served as a coach for Team USA in 2010 during the Pro Am qualifier in Puerto Rico and in 2011 during the World Cup in Panama and Pan Am games in Mexico.

PLAYING CAREER: The former infielder was the first-round pick of the Twins in June 1984, the eighth selection overall, and became a 2-time National League All-Star...in 18 Major League seasons hit .265 with 195 HR and 860 RBI for the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks and Mets...made his Major League debut with Cleveland in 1986 and homered on the first pitch he saw from Twins Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven...the previous year had been traded for Blyleven...became the 11th player ever to homer on the first big league pitch thrown to him...spent most of his career as the starting shortstop for the Pirates...still holds the Pittsburgh record for most sacrifice bunts in a season (39 in 1990) and led the National League in that category in 1990 and 1991 (30)...his 78 home runs hit as a shortstop still rank second in Pirates history, behind only Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan (84) and 10 homers ahead of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner...in 1993 while with the Pirates was an All-Star and won both the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger and Rawlings Gold Glove awards...as a free agent in November 1997 signed a 5-year contract as the first player in the history of the expansion Diamondbacks... in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series vs the Yankees, scored the series-ending run on a single by Luis Gonzalez...was 1 of 5 players on the Diamondbacks' inaugural roster who participated in that dramatic World Series championship (Brian Anderson, David Dellucci, Damian Miller, Matt Williams)... while with Arizona in 1999 made the transition from shortstop to second base and established career highs in home runs (38), RBI (112) and runs (132)...started at second base for the American League in the 1999 All-Star Game at Boston's Fenway Park.

PERSONAL: In 1984 graduated from Tate High School in Gonzalez, FL, where as a senior he led his baseball team to the Quad-A state championship...in 1993 was named Dapper Dan Man of the Year, and award given annually since 1936 to a Pittsburgh sports figure in recognition of outstanding achievement on a national level, and received the Pittsburgh Points of Light Foundation Award for his community service work...following the 1999 season, he partnered with Tiger Woods in the Pro-Am of the Williams World Challenge at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale...wife's name is Laura...they have a daughter, Brianna (8/5/91); 2 sons, Brantley (11/16/94) and Brock (3/18/98); and a grandson, Zane (1/2/14).

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