ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals filled their vacant bench coach position Monday, announcing the promotion of David Bell.
Bell was the assistant hitting coach for the team in 2014, previously managing the Double-A and Triple-A clubs in the Cincinnati Reds organization before becoming the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
Bell will replace Mike Aldrete, who became the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics this offseason. Aldrete had been with the Cardinals since 2008.
Bell’s path is the same as Aldrete’s, who began as Tony La Russa’s assistant hitting coach before being promoted to bench coach under Mike Matheny.