David Bell of the Philadelphia Phillies looks to field the ball during a game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. - Nick Laham/Getty Images
The Cubs also gave assistant general manager Randy Bush a contract extension, and took the "interim" tag off James Rowson as hitting coach.
The Cubs announced some moves on the coaching staff Tuesday. Actually, one of them isn't a "move" so much as an extension:
Former big league IF David Bell named Cubs 3B coach; Rowson has interim tag removed from hitting coach title.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) October 23, 2012
It's really hard to tell whether James Rowson's presence had any impact at all on the Cubs, given the transitory nature of the roster for most of the second half. But management apparently thought he was good enough to keep around for at least another year.
David Bell, who played 12 major-league seasons with the Phillies, Cardinals, Mariners, Indians, Giants and Brewers, was the Reds' Triple-A manager in 2012. He's 40 years old and has no known connection to anyone in the Cubs organization; he's also the son of former major leaguer Buddy Bell and grandson of former major leaguer Gus Bell.
Also, the Cubs ended any speculation about assistant GM Randy Bush leaving:
#Cubs give assistant GM Randy Bush 3 yr extension— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) October 23, 2012
That solidifies the baseball management team through almost the end of Theo and Jed's contracts.
Have at it.