- 3B, CF, OF, RF, DH, 1B, LF, SS, 2B
- August 27, 1951
- 6' 1"
- 180 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-15-1972 with CLE
- Allstar Selections:
- 1979 GG, 1980 GG, 1981 GG, 1982 GG, 1983 GG, 1984 GG, 1984 SS, 1988 LG
For several years, when rival GM's talked to the Cleveland Indians about a trade, the first name they'd bring up would be Buddy Bell. Eventually he was dealt to the Texas Rangers, where he was a tremendous fan favorite, and ultimately to Cincinnati, where his father had been a star outfielder in the 1950s. Bell was a fine defensive third baseman and a solid hitter, topping the .290 mark six times, with a high of .329 in 1980. His play at the hot corner won him six Gold Gloves, and he led his league in fielding categories several times. But Bell is most remembered for what he failed to do as both a player and manager. He played and managed in more than 3,200 games in his career, yet never reached the post-season. His teams finished higher than fourth just six times in his 18-year playing career, and he finished no better than third and had just a .428 record as a skipper with two teams in parts of six seasons. Bell's sons David and Mike both reached the major leagues, making the Bell's a three-generation ball playing family. Buddy's father Gus was a four-time All-Star, who hit more than 200 homers and teamed with Buddy for more than 4,300 career hits.
In his first season as a Ranger, Bell collected 200 hits, played every game, won the Gold Glove Award, had 42 doubles, 18 homers and 101 RBI. It was just the second time that Bell was on a team with a winning record.
Buddy Bell hit 201 home runs - five fewer than his father Gus hit in his career.
Cleveland Indians (1994-1995), Kansas City Royals (2004-2005) The Indians won the pennant in 1995, the only time Bell was ever associated with a team that finished in first place. They lost the World Series to Atlanta in six games.
Bell was a phenomenal defensive third baseman. He wasn;t flashy and didn't make great diving plays all the time like Graig Nettles, but he had excellent range and great hands.
He was a slow baserunner and was thrown out nearly 60% of the time he tried to steal a base.
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