2009 Topps Buddy Bell

I was never a big fan of Buddy Bell, but he was a Cincinnati favorite for many. His dad played with the Reds, and he had a couple of kids that played in the majors (Mike even played a year for the Reds in 2000). He went to high school at Moeller (as did Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey, Jr.), so there was a hometown connection for Buddy. There was some excitement when he came to town from the Rangers, but it was short-lived. Bell only played in Cincinnati from 1985 through part of 1988, when he was traded to make room for the Rookie of the Year Chris Sabo. Buddy was injured during Spring Training, giving Spuds the foot in the door that he needed to start for the team, and Bell was unable to overtake him and get the starting job back. He was traded to the Houston Astros, and played one final season in Texas in 1989.

Bell went on to manage after his playing days came to an end, but never finished higher than 3rd place as manager for the Tigers, Rockies, and Royals. Of course, you can’t really expect someone to do much better with the lack of talent he had on those teams. Perhaps one day he’ll find himself sitting in the dugout at GABP calling the plays. He can’t be any worse than Dusty Baker.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on November 30, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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