In January 2020, Jay Bell was announced as the manager of the new Los Angeles Angels Double-A affiliate in Madison, Ala., the Rocket City Trash Pandas (yes, the Trash Pandas).
Bell played in the major leagues for 18 seasons, spending time with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets. With the Diamondbacks, he scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Yankees.
Bell batted .265 with 1,964 hits and scored 1,123 runs in his career. He also had 195 home runs and 860 RBI. A two-time All-Star, Bell also won a NL Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award.
SCD artist Ronnie Joyner takes a look back Jay Bell, who made an interesting achievement when he first came up to the big leagues, with the Indians. We’ll let Ronnie tell that story.