JAY BELL RUMORS & GOSSIP

Reds add Jay Bell as bench coach, Long for hitting

The Reds have filled out their coaching staff for first-year manager Bryan Price, hiring former Pirate Jay Bell as their bench coach. Bell was the Pirates' hitting coach last season, when they beat the Reds in a one-game wild card playoff. He was the bench coach for Bob Melvin in Arizona for five years. The Reds also hired Don Long as their hitting coach Wednesday. Long spent...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates promote Jeff Branson to hitting coach

The Pirates have hired Jeff Branson as hitting coach and added Jeff Livesey to the major league coaching staff. Branson replaces Jay Bell, who left the organization last week to take a job with the Cincinnati Reds. Branson worked with Bell last season to implement the team's hitting program. The Pirates won 94 games to make the playoffs for the first time in 21 years but struggled...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Reds to tab Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as bench coach

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Bryan Price and the Reds are set to name Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as the new bench coach in Cincinnati.The 47-year-old formerly played parts of 18 seasons with the likes of the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks, and Mets, before becoming a coach. As a player, Bell was a two-time All-Star, a World Series champion (2001), and the...
Via Redlegs Review
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The New Pirates Logo Better Be Jay Bell's WE NEED ME Shirt

Word has been trickling out that the Pirates will be holding focus groups with the intent on creating an updated Pirates logo for the 2014 season. Guarantee the Pirates go 162-0 in 2014 if they keep rocking the gold P on the hat and give everyone WE NEED ME shirts like Jay Bell wore on this early 90s Upper Deck card. Just drive that point home that everyone is gonna have to contribute...
Via PSAMP
February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Bell is the Pirates' Hitting Coach, Whoopty Doo

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2012 season with the third lowest batting average in the National League.  They also had the fourth lowest OBP in the majors and the third most strikeouts.  So what did the Pirates do to remedy this problem?  They went for nostalgia and hired Jay Bell.Surprise, surprise. Yes, nothing says "improve our hitting" like a former shortstop...
Via Steel City Sports Report
November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

News and notes: Bell, Barajas, Coonelly

Plenty of Bucs news on Wednesday… The Pirates hired former shortstop Jay Bell as their new hitting coach. Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left after this season to take the head job at George Washington University. Bell was a solid player and a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, and general reaction today seemed to be very much in favor of the hire. Of course, it’s impossible to say...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates hire Jay Bell as hitting coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired longtime major league infielder Jay Bell as the new hitting coach. Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left the team to become the coach at George Washington University. The 46-year-old Bell spent 18 seasons in the majors, including eight years with the Pirates from 1989-96. Bell was a two-time All-Star and hit .265 with 195 home runs and 860 RBI...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Jay Bell named Pirates hitting coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the following changes to their Major League Coaching staff: Jay Bell has been named Hitting Coach, Rick Sofield has been named First Base Coach and Dave Jauss has been named Major League Coach.
Via pirates.scout.com
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Pirate Bell returns as batting coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday. The team also announced additional coaching moves on manager Clint Hurdle's staff. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior advisor of Latin American operations. Bell, 46, is coming home to replace Greg Ritchie...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Jay Bell As New Hitting Coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced several coaching changes today for the 2013 season, and the highlight was former shortstop Jay Bell being announced as the hitting coach. Bell spent 18 seasons in the majors, with eight of those years coming with the Pirates between 1989-1996. After retiring from the game he spent time as the bench coach in Arizona from 2005-2006, and he recently...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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